Dog lovers seek policy on strays
Activists to approach HC over tardy implementation of birth control
Pune, August 19: Animal rights' activists in the city, upset about
ineffective implementation of the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) (ABC)
passed in 2001, are planning to file a case in the Bombay High Court
month-end. They feel the implementation of ABC rules violate the
of Cruelty to Animals Act and are seeking a policy which will regulate
procedure of dealing with stray dogs, dog shelters and identification
will benefit citizens and the dogs.
"Even though there is a Supreme Court case related to stray
dogs, we plan to
seek a stay on the release of unclaimed dogs till the verdict is
researcher Meghna Unniya who has been studying the programmes.
"Implementation of the ABC rules is faulty," said activist
Rajendran. The PMC and the PCB act on complaints and catch strays,
over to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( SPCA),
and other animal welfare organisations where they are sterilised,
back to the civic body which has to release them in the place they
The rules prescribe that an animal welfare organisation representative
present when the civic squad goes dog catching. "The squad
has to make
announcements as it goes about. But there is no identification of
nor is there any documentation," said Unniya.
Negligence in implementing procedures leads to animal cruelty. "
sterilisation, the dogs are dropped off randomly, especially at
zones like Hadapsar, Nagar Road and Sadhu Vaswani Chowk. Releasing
them in a
strange place affects them psychologically, and sterilised dogs
welcomed into a new pack as procreation is the main motive of group
behaviour. Many of these shunned dogs die of hunger, public fury
accidents," said Unniya.
The laxity has a long-term impact on re-vaccination. "We are
re-vaccination but if there is no identification the process is
For example, the PCB catches the dogs and hands them over to the
SPCA doctors notch the sterilized dogs in the ears after the operation,
PCB personnel do not have any mechanism to identify the dog,"
member N D Salunkhe.
"Micro-chipping is an expensive solution. The procedure involves
the dogs with computer microchips bearing all details that can be
fed into a
computer and facilitate identification," he added.
Publication : IE; Section : Mumbai; Pg : 3; Date : 21/8/07
URL : http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=251813