Bombay High Court Prohibits Public Feeding Of Stray Dogs In Nagpur, Says People Who Want To Feed Street Dogs Must Adopt Them

The Bombay Supreme Court’s Nagpur Bench issued a slew of instructions on Thursday regarding the feeding of stray dogs and also ordered officials and the police to take “severe action” against anyone hindering them from taking action against the threat posed by stray dogs. .

The court ordered that people interested in feeding strays must first formally adopt them and feed them alone in their homes.

The division bank of Judges Sunil Shukre and Anil Pansare approved the warrant in a 2006 PIL filed by activist Vijay Talewar through attorney Firdos Mirza, who wanted to take action against the dog threat.

“We generally prescribe that no citizen or resident of Nagpur and the surrounding areas should feed or attempt to feed the stray dogs in public places, gardens… If anyone is interested in feeding stray dogs, he should first read the stray dogs adopt dog/bitch, bring him home, register him with the municipal authorities or put him in a dog shelter and then pour his love and affection on him, he may feed him while respecting his personal care in all respects. “

The court added that “true charity lies in taking full care and not just feeding and then leaving poor creatures to fend for themselves.”

The bank ordered the commissioner, Nagpur Municipal Corporation, to impose a fine of no more than Rs 200 on persons feeding dogs in public places.

“We further instruct the Commissioner, Nagpur Municipal Corporation to ensure that stray dogs are not fed anywhere except at the dog feeder’s own place or in the dog shelters or other authorized place and we also instruct him to impose appropriate punishment for any violation of these directions, which penalty shall not exceed Rs.200/- for any violation as per the resolution already passed on behalf of Nagpur Municipal Corporation”

The court deplored the effects of animal lovers giving the dog treats. “These so-called friends of stray dogs don’t realize the disastrous consequences of their charity. Fed with the treats provided by the animal lover, many of the stray dogs become brutal and even more violent in their behavior towards people in general and children in particular. “

The bank further instructed the Commissioner, NMC to consider implementing the instructions of the Full Bench of HC in the case of the All India Animal Welfare Association regarding the identification of a suitable lot for a stray dog ​​shelter,” good equipped with sufficient manpower and all facilities necessary for the maintenance and care of the dogs.”

“After all, it must not be forgotten that the dog is essentially man’s best friend and therefore we must see it as a duty of each of us to take good care of the dogs/bitches, whether they are kept as pets or as pets. may be kept as a pet. grow up on the street.”.

While the Court said dogs are generally man’s best friends, the same view should be taken with caution when it comes to stray dogs, as some of them are aggressive and ferocious:

“This is not to say there is anything wrong with the notion that the dog is generally man’s best friend, but this should be taken with caution when it comes to stray dogs that are not kept as pets. Many of these strays are aggressive, savagely wild and simply uncontrollable in their behavior. Therefore, there is a need for the authorities to take over the matter as required by law and also the need for the Samaritans to come forward and lend their assistance to the authorities in the managing the danger to stray dogs”.

The bank further led awareness campaigns to raise awareness among citizens of their respective duties and responsibilities under the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001.

“We further recommend that if obstacles and obstacles are created in the way of the authorities and their officers in the performance of their duties as required by this order and also by the applicable rules, strict action should be taken against those who erecting barriers and obstacles and, in appropriate cases, appropriate criminal offenses against them are also recorded.”

The case was heard after the Supreme Court clarified earlier this month that there was no prohibition on hearing petitions regarding stray dogs pending before the Supreme Court. An intervention application was submitted by one Dhantoli Nagrik Mandal.

According to the petitioner, stray dogs had become a threat in the areas of Dhantoli and Congress Nagar or Nagpur, but nothing was done to bring it under control, despite a 2006 order from the retd Justice JN Patel. While a local corporation tried to move the dogs with the help of NMC, activists often cited Supreme Court orders.

“We further recommend that if obstacles and obstacles are created in the way of the authorities and their officers in the performance of their duties as required by this order and also by the applicable rules, strict action should be taken against those who erecting barriers and obstacles and, in appropriate cases, appropriate criminal offenses against them are also recorded.”

The bank noted that if the directions given in All India Animal Welfare Association case followed, it would help eliminate the nuisance of stray dogs without any cruelty towards the stray dogs. For example, there is a Monitoring Committee and a Dog Control Unit, an online facility for recording complaints about nuisance caused by stray dogs. In addition, there is a mobile number and Twitter handling to handle complaints on social media.

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