Government and local bodies can impound all stray dogs posing danger to the public and cull the ones that are rabid and diseased, according to a ruling by the Kerala High Court on Wednesday. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice MM Sherif passed the order while hearing petitions seeking action against stray dogs. The court also criticised the state government for letting the situation go out of control.
The court has asked the state government, the Animal Husbandry department and self-governing local bodies to take immediate steps in this regard. The HC has also asked the government to follow all rules and procedures while impounding dogs. The Kerala state government has been asked to provide all help to local bodies to impound dogs and provide them shelter. The court has asked the government to ensure that there are standardised vehicles for catching dogs and hospitals in every district to treat them if needed.
The High Court has given guidelines to the government in accordance with provisions under the Animal Birth Control Act 2001. This includes:
1. Local bodies should appoint people to impound stray dogs and should constitute monitoring committees
2. The Animal Welfare Board has to be in charge of vaccinating and sterilising such dogs.
3.Rescue homes need to be established in all districts
4. Every district should have a veterinary hospital
5. Every Taluk should have a poly clinic for animals.
6. All local bodies should start cells to register complaints about stray dog menace.
7. Can cull dogs that are rabid or are diseased.