The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday directed the Chandigarh administration to implement a scheme framed in the year 2012 to deal with the problem of stray dogs in the city.
The division bench of justices S K Mittal and HS Sidhu while disposing of a suo motu petition also directed the administration to consider the suggestions given by a committee headed by RK Garg, formed under the direction of high court to check the stray dog menace.
The suggestions given by the committee and the scheme of 2012 talk of a monitoring committee to check proper implementation of the scheme, animal birth control programme among other measures. Chemical castration of dogs was also recommended as it was considered less invasive, quicker to administer and more feasible.
Other measures included a mass-scale awareness campaign to win people's confidence that dogs would not be ill-treated and vaccination and operation would make them healthier. It would win over dog lovers' hearts, it was suggested.
There was also recommendation for engaging voluntary groups for post-operative treatment, feeding and release of dogs. The residents should be informed in advance about dog catching exercise and sterlisation record should be put online area wise, it was suggested.
Other measures included that dog shelter be provided adequate space and male and female dogs be housed separately. A mechanism should be in place to identify the sterilized dogs, it was proposed, besides strict instructions against abortion.
Encouraging feeding of dogs by people, a separate animal birth control unit, adoption of dogs by residents, amendment in bylaws which prevent keeping more than two dogs at home and action against those who abandon their pet animals were among the other measures proposed.