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Dog lovers charge MC with violating norms by displacing dogs

Instead of offering relief to the residents, the efforts made by the Amritsar Municipal Corporation in dealing with the problem of stray dog menace, according to the animal lovers in the city, have only aggravated the situation further.

punjab Updated: Jun 30, 2013 23:17 IST
Shaheen P Parshad

Instead of offering relief to the residents, the efforts made by the Amritsar Municipal Corporation in dealing with the problem of stray dog menace, according to the animal lovers in the city, have only aggravated the situation further. These animal lovers have charged the employees of the cash-strapped civic body with violation of norms in the form of displacement of stray dogs for money.

The animal lovers in the city have urged the MC to exhort the public to adopt stray canines instead of displacing them as a solution. They maintained that the MC was violating the ABC Rules 2001, which stated that dogs will be captured from a locality for the purpose of sterilization and immunization and will be released in the same area after sterilization and immunization.

Sources said that the a number of employees of the fund starved MC, who were dealing with the issue of stray dogs, had not been paid their salaries since a long time and often agreed to displacement of dogs from an area against the payment of money, which the MC officials have denied.

Stating that such an action makes the dogs aggressive, Manuj Mahajan, a member of People for Animals (PFA), said that as of now displacement of stray dogs was the MC's response to the problem of ever growing stray dog population in the city.

"Displacement of dogs tends to make them aggressive and hence, also increases the threat of cases of dog bites. The animal lovers have urged them many times not to do so, but the MC authorities hardly ever pay any attention to our pleas," he said.

He added that in the recent past the MC had picked up stray canines from areas including Rani Ka Bagh, Shivala and Green Avenue and had dumped them elsewhere in the city. "Not only is this against the norms, but has also aggravated the problem in the localities where these stray dogs are being dumped," he said.

"Displacement of stray dogs is not a solution to the problem of stray dog menace. The MC should initiate measures to sensitize the public about the benefits of adopting stray dogs," said Sehej Gulati, an animal lover.

However, Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora denied that the MC was violating any norms. "There is no violation of any sort. The MC is doing its best to deal with the stray dog menace," he said.