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Delhi High Court expresses concerns regarding people feeding stray dogs and making them territorial

On the plea filed by a man seeking compensation of ₹50 lakh after his 18-month-old daughter was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs, the Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi government on Monday for response of the Delhi government, NDMC and Delhi Police .

in his order, bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad said that within next 10 days,the authorities must file their responses explaining the steps taken to make sure of no repitition of the same incident.

The Court also expressed concerns regarding people feeding stray dogs thereby making them territorial and causing them to attack people who enter their territory.

in the judgement the court mntioned how some people are coming in vans and feeding the dogs due to which the dogs dont move anwhere and mark their territory which is why they attack anyone who comes there.

The court observed how the dogs have become a menace for pedestrians and, therefore, feeding stray dogs is something people need to look at…

The Court under Justice Prasad said that feeding stray may be good but you are taking away their capacity to go and find food. They have nothing left to do..

The case will now be heard on Wednesday (March 13) and the authorities are asked to preserve the CCTV footage. 

The plea was filed by one Rahul Kanaujiya arguing that is a resident of Dhobi Ghat, Tuglak Lane and his daughter Divanshi Kanaujiya was attacked, dragged to a secluded place and mauled by a pack of violent and aggressive dogs.

In his plea, Rahul mentioned that despite directions from court and guidelines issued by government and civil authorities, the menace of stray animals, particularly the mad, aggressive and violent dogs is prevalent in the city.

The petitioner Kanaujiya told that ge belongs to economically marginalised society and even though he along with several other resident of his locality has raised the concerns about dog menace, their concerns were ignored.

The petitioner demanded that the authorities must implement the Animal Birth Control Rules, 2023 and the capture and treat the violent and ferocious dogs.

The plea also sought directions to Delhi Police to investigate the incident of his daughter’s death and conduct proper investigation against the Officers-in-Charge responsible for capture and treatment of dogs.

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