Animal welfare activists are up in arms against the residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) of Orchid Petals in Sector 49 over the alleged removal of stray animals from the society.
Following a complaint by a resident, the People For Animals (PFA), an animal rights group, shot off a letter to the RWA threatening action. A Facebook post also made detailed references to such incidents.
“We sent a letter to the RWA after receiving a complaint. The animals have every right to stay on the premises and the RWA cannot remove them forcefully. We will take action against the RWA if the allegations are found to be true,” Amit Chaudhery, president, PFA Gurgaon.
The letter sent by the resident alleged that the RWA had the stray dogs removed as some locals had voiced concerns over their safety due to rising number of stray animals in their society. As per the complaint, four dogs were missing from the society last week. The complainant has not mentioned how the strays were removed.
However, the RWA said that the allegations are false. “We have received a letter from the NGO and have replied to them. We did not have any stray animal removed from the society. We have been taking care of the stray animals by vaccinating and sterilizing them,” said Rajiv Aggarwal, president, RWA, Orchid Petals.
Last week, the NGO had filed a police complaint against illegal capture and drugging of monkeys by an organisation hired by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) in the Sushant Lok area.
As the residents had been facing monkey menace in the area, the MCG had launched a drive to relocate monkeys to the Aravallis. Out of 7,372 cases of rabies reported at the city’s civil hospital in 2015, 387 were from monkey bites. On an average, the hospital receives 32-35 cases of monkey bites a month, which works out at least one incident of man-animal conflict every day.
Earlier, the residents of Sector 29 had claimed several dog bite incidents in residential societies and demanded removal of strays from the premises.