The health team of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation was intimidated by two pet dogs on Wednesday after they went to shift eight cows from a residence in Gurudev Nagar, a posh colony of the city, to the Govind Gaudham cow shelter on Hambran road.
The cows were to be removed as keeping cattle in homes in urban areas is not permitted and one needs a licence for the same. The action was taken in accordance with directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The HC passed the orders after the brother of the owner of the house complained to the court about foul smell emitting from the house and cow dung blocking sewer lines.
The MC team, however, was rudely shocked to see two ferocious pet dogs at the gate. “We sent a notice to the owner on Tuesday asking him to shift the cows. However he did not. We went there on Wednesday and two dogs were tied at the gate, which was locked. We had to use loudspeakers and make announcements before the gate was opened,” Dr A S Sekhon, incharge of the MC’s health and sanitation wing, told Newsline.
“We kept away from the dogs as they were ready to attack. However, the HC orders were followed and photographs will be presented before it as proof,” said Sekhon while adding that a photographer had captured the episode.
As per the HC orders, the MC was also asked to shift two dogs the owner kept at the residence. Since the MC doe snot have a proper dog pound, it requested NGO People for Animals (PFA) to keep them, but the request was not accepted.
Dr Sandeep Jain, president of PFA said, “As per rules, the dogs were kept by owner and were not strays. They cannot be kept at PFA shelter.” The MC has not shifted the dogs yet.