Indore civic body caught off guard in high court over canine menace
The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) was caught off guard before the high court on Friday when asked about its compliance to the Union government’s rules in controlling birth of stray dogs in Indore.indore Updated: Feb 14, 2015 18:00 IST
The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) was caught off guard before the high court on Friday when asked about its compliance to the Union government’s rules in controlling birth of stray dogs in the city.
The corporation expressed ignorance about forming a committee and chalking out a plan to curb the increase in the number of stray dogs under the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules framed in the year 2001.
The corporation has not formed any committee or made any detailed plan in this regard, and have been conducting sterilisation and vaccination drives at their own convenience, said advocate Amitabh Upadhyay.
The fact came to light while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against the inaction of IMC in curbing stray dog menace in the city. In a reply filed by the IMC to the court, it stated that 20-25 dogs are being sterilised everyday and so far 5,773 out of 31,976 stray dogs have been sterilised and vaccinated till November 2014.
According to the petitioner’s counsel, “The dogs have to be vaccinated against rabies every year. So, when the corporation is unable to vaccinate all the stray dogs in a year; the number remains the same the next year, and adds up every year.”
This is happening because IMC does not have any well-drafted plan to tackle the stray dog menace, he added.
The PIL has been filed by Sanjay Pandey in December 2013, after several incidents of dog bites, deaths due to dog bites and stray dog menace in the city reported in several newspapers.
As per the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, there will be an eight-member monitoring committee responsible for planning and management of dog control programme.
The monitoring committee will consist of a commissioner/chief of local authority as the ex-officio chairperson, a representative of the public health department, a member of the animal welfare department, a veterinary doctor, a representative of society of prevention of cruelty to animals, at least two members from animal welfare organization (NGO) and a well-known individual who has experience in animal welfare in the locality.
The commission has also been given three weeks’ time by the honourable court to file a reply in the matter.
Stray dogs statistics
No. of dogs sterilized and vaccinated in 2014: 5,773
Dog bite cases in April 2012 – December 2012 10,100
Dog bite cases in Jan 2013 – December 2013 16,468
Dog bite cases in Jan 2014 – July 2014 11,826
On an average 1500 – 1700 cases of dog bite cases are being registered every month in Indore
About 1 – 2 deaths related to dog bites come forth every month; 15 - 20 deaths every year
On an average every colony in Indore has at least 15 - 20 stray dogs.