The Haryana government will make a comprehensive plan to control population of stray dogs in the state.
The chief minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has approved the plan to formulate a comprehensive scheme, a government spokesperson said on Monday.
Under the scheme, the Society for Stray Canine Birth Control would be headed by commissioners in case of municipal corporations, deputy commissioners in case of councils and subdivisional officers (civil) in case of committees.
Each society would be supported by the representatives of Public Health Department, Animal Welfare Department, a veterinary doctor, a representative of the district-level Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCAs), at least two representatives from the Animal Welfare Organisations operating within the local authority, deputy director of Veterinary Department and the executive officer or secretary of the council or committee as member secretary.
The Society will carry out functions as per the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001 and shall be constituted with an aim to provide a common platform between various government agencies to work together in synchronization to put coordinated and concerted efforts to strengthen the sterilization and anti-rabies immunization of stray dogs.
The SPCAs at the district headquarters have already been formed under the control of deputy commissioner.
The spokesperson said that the dog catching staff of municipalities or the private contractor would catch stray dogs and deport them for sterilization and immunization against rabies. The municipalities shall arrange dog vans with ramps for the capture and transportation of stray dogs, along with one driver and two trained dog catchers.
Training shall be provided to the dog catchers by the concerned authority to ensure that dogs are caught using humane methods prescribed under the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty (Capture of Animals) Rules, 1979 and ABC Rules, 2001.
Dog sterilization centres would be set up at hospitals run by the Animal Husbandry Department or on the land of the municipality. All expenses to set up infrastructure will be borne by the local authorities. The facilities would have a small operation theatre, office room, store and kennels for post-operative management of dogs. Technical input would be provided by the Animal Husbandry Department.
After sterilization and immunization, the dogs will be kept in the kennels for post-operative care, feeding and management for the required period till the animal is fit for release. After fitness, the dogs will be released by the corporation. The reproductive organs of sterilized dogs will be preserved in formalin solution by the implementing agency, the Animal Husbandry Department.