Holding that it is the job of the Municipal Corporation to tackle the menace of stray dogs and that the Municipal Corporation should perform its duty effectively,the Punjab and Haryana High Court disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL),on the first hearing itself,seeking directions to control the rising stray dog menace in the city.
A PIL was filed,on Monday,by former Municipal Councillor from Mohali,Kuljit Singh Bedi. The petitioner had highlighted the issue of increasing incidents of dog bite by stray dogs in state capitol region. Counsel for the petitioner,Advocate Ranjivan Singh,had sought directions to civic authorities to take steps to check the menace.
The petitioner contended that the authorities have failed to curb the menace. Referring to existing provisions,the petitioner submitted that if the Municipal Corporation is unable to control the menace,stray dogs should be killed.
Bedi,contended that civic authorities can evoke the provisions of Section 11(3) (b) of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,1960,which provides for killing of dogs in legal chambers. Refusing to pass any formal directions in the case,the High Court has asked the civic authorities to take steps to check the menace in accordance to the laws and provisions of the Act.