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Take off strays dogs from roads in 6 months: Uttarakhand High Court

In a landmark order to curb canine terror, Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday directed state government to take off stray dogs from the roads within 6 months. The directions were given by the division bench of  headed by justices VK Bisht and Alok Singh in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Nainital-based resident regarding the canine menace. The PIL said that in the past 5 years, over 11,000 dog bite cases have been reported in the state.

The court directed chief secretary to issue necessary directions to all the concerned authorities to take appropriate step to check dog menace in their respective areas. These directions issued by the chief secretary will be binding on all authorities.

The high court order asked respective authorities to determine the number of stray dogs in every town, city and village. Shelter houses will be constructed for the stray dogs. It also directed the government to publish advertisement asking general public and interested NGOs to come forward and take stray dogs with them. Non-compliance of the high court order will be considered as contempt of court, said the order.

Inputs from Hindustan Times