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Dog bites: Uttarakhand high court seeks govt reply to PIL

The Uttarakhand high court on Wednesday sought a reply from the state government within two weeks on the recent cases of dog bites

dehradun Updated: Aug 09, 2017 19:21 IST
HT Correspondent
Rough estimates suggest there are around 2,500 stray dogs on the streets of Haldwani in Nainital district.
Rough estimates suggest there are around 2,500 stray dogs on the streets of Haldwani in Nainital district.(HT File)

The Uttarakhand high court on Wednesday sought a reply from the state government within two weeks on the recent cases of dog bites.

After hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) urging the court to order the government either to kill or catch stray dogs and monkeys, the division bench of Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice Alok Singh directed the government to submit its response.

The petitioner, Girish Chand Kholiya, said he mentioned in the PIL that several dog bite cases were reported from across the state. Recently, a 10-year-old girl of Rajasthan fell into a ditch after a pack of stray dogs chased her in Nainital. The girl later succumbed to her head injuries, in a Delhi hospital.

Gopal K Verma, council for the petitioner said they have demanded there should be an adequate number of
anti-rabies vaccines in the hospitals. The litigant also sought that the uncontrolled population of stray canines should be checked to curb dog bite cases.

Like other cities in the state, there seems to be no end to the stray dog menace in and around Haldwani as seven to ten cases of dog bites are reported daily at hospitals. Rough estimates suggest there are around 2,500 stray dogs on the streets of Haldwani in Nainital district. With a population of 156,078 as per the 2011 Census, Haldwani is the largest city of Kumaon region.

People in Nainital had held a dharna on August 3 to highlight the dog menace and demanded the administration to take steps for controlling the dog population. In April, urban development minister Madan Kaushik inaugurated an animal birth control centre for stray dogs in Nainital.

But the Haldwani administration has its hands tied as the civic officials claimed they can only sterilise the stray dogs and not cull them.No headway has been made in constructing a sterilization centre for stray dogs in Haldwani. City mayor JPS Rautela said Rs 25 lakh was received for the purpose so far.

The project would take around Rs 70 lakh to be completed. Locals said the sterilization centre would not provide immediate relief as it would take a long time for the stray dog population to come down at the third most populous city in Uttarakhand.