Srinagar: A local court has asked Srinagar Municipal Corporation(SMC) to take necessary steps to ‘eradicate’ dogs and other animals infected with rabies and other communicable diseases which may become threat to the lives of citizens and public health concern for the community.
In this regard, the court of Municipal Magistrate Srinagar has directed the SMC to take necessary caution so that most effective and scientific methods are adopted for elimination of the animals.
“Those animals posing threat to the lives of citizens especially those infected with rabies and other communicable diseases shall be identified by a committee of officers headed by the health officer and assisted by the Municipal veterinary officer and the chief sanitation officer SMC and concerned ward officer,” the court said and directed the committee to take necessary steps to eradicate the animals which are “apprehended to be infected with rabies and other communicable diseases and become threat to the lives of citizens and public health concern for the community.”
The court also directed the SMC to initiate steps for stray dogs etc by launching animal welfare activities as recommended by the Animal welfare Board of India and other organizations pleading welfare of animals in India.
“Those animals which do not fall in the category of extreme danger to health and lives of citizens but are considered stray and may become cause of public nuisance or public safety shall be removed by the municipal authorities for rehabilitation (in case injured animals) to dog house.”
In case the stray dogs are found to be owned, the court said, the owners shall be fined and compounded as per existing Municipal Corporation Act, 2000.
The court passed the directions on a complaint, seeking eliminating stray dogs in Dalgate and Padshah-bagh here.
The directions flowered submission by the counsel for complainant that dogssuffering from rabies are a threat to the public health and have made life of people in the areas very difficult.
“If the rabid dogs are not eliminated that will be the violation of fundamental rights of life of the people who have been forced to live indoors because of the threat to their life by the canines,” he said.