Friday, February 3, 2023

Rational solution needed to tackle stray dog menace: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court has observed that a rational solution is needed to the problem of stray dog menace, which was increasing by every passing day.

The Bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice J.K. Maheshwari made these observations on Friday, while hearing a bunch of petitions related to orders passed by various civic bodies on the culling of stray dogs.

The Bench said that people who feed stray dogs could be made responsible for vaccinating them and bearing the costs, if somebody was attacked by the animal.

It added that a rational solution was required to address the issue, since it involved the rights of both human beings and dogs.

The Apex Court fixed September 28 as the next date of hearing in the case.

The incidents of dog bites have seen a sharp rise in the national capital, along with the states of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Maharshtra, in the recent past.

People have sought strict rules for keeping dogs.

However, some NGOs and individual petitioners have moved the apex court against the decisions by the Bombay High Court and the Kerala High Court, to allow municipal authorities to deal with the stray dogs menace as per the rules.

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