A doctor of Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Udgir, Maharashtra, who was involved in the ongoing sterilisation of stray dogs, left the city on Tuesday after the chairman of Animal Welfare Board, Maj Gen Dr RM Kharb (retd) allegedly threatened the SPCA team that they were not doing the job as per the norms.
City mayor Poonam Sharma alleged that Kharb, who went to the sterilisation centre in Sector 38 on Monday evening without the permission of the mayor or the commissioner, 'threatened' the SPCA team and of the two doctors, one, Dr Sadashiv, left for his native place Nasik.
"I will not tolerate this nonsense as human life is more important than dogs. Since we have started the sterilisation programme in city, even the Chandigarh SPCA members are creating hurdles in the programme. I warn them not to do so or they will have to bear the consequences," the mayor said.
However, when contacted, Kharb said it was not a threat and he had just pointed out the deficiencies as the team was overlooking the guidelines set for handling dogs. "During my visit, I saw they were releasing the dogs before the sterilisation wound was properly healed. The wound was not properly cleaned as well. I told them, if they will not go as per the norms, we will blacklist their NGO," he added.
SPCA, Udgir, began their sterilisation programme on April 6 and claimed that till date they had sterilised 333 stray dogs. Dr Sadashiv could not be contacted even after repeated attempts.
Speaking to HT, medical officer health Dr Parminder Singh Bhatti said MC had signed an MoU with SPCA, Udgir, and they were to sterilise 450 dogs per month. "They have to arrange for another doctor and in case they do not do it, we will forfeit their security amount," he said.