High Court Directed to Shift All the Stray Dogs To Shelter Homes Within 6 Months The Hon’ble High Court of Uttarakhand directed to state Government to shift all the stray dogs to shelter homes within 6 months The Bench in its direction said, “It is to be made sure that not even a single stray dog is found on road after 6 months. Stray dogs must be put inside shelter homes.” In addition, the local authorities have further been directed to calculate the total number of stray dogs in every town, city and village, and thereafter, make the required arrangements for construction of shelters. It also ordered the State to notify through an advertisement in a newspaper asking NGOs which are against the idea of a shelter home for stray dogs to take with them.
Apart from this, the Court has left it open for the State Government to decide and consider in making a law for the killing of “dangerous stray dogs”.
The following direction came when the Court was hearing a Petition filed by Nainital-based Girish Chandra Kholia. The petition had highlighted the issue of heightened dog menace in the State, reporting that over 11,000 dog bite cases have already been reported within the last 5 years.
While keeping in consideration the gravity of the issue, the Court, therefore, directed the Chief Secretary of the State to issue necessary directions to all concerned for taking required steps in the regard. Besides, municipal and local authorities have also been directed to ensure that dogs in all houses are registered as per the law.
Article by – Ankur Singhal