HC closes litigation
The government Tuesday said it was taking steps to curb the dog menace in Kashmir following which the High Court closed down the litigation related to it.
The direction was passed after the counsel made a submission that the government was already taking steps to curb the menace of dogs.
The division bench after hearing the counsel disposed of the PIL and remarked that there was no need to keep the matter hanging.
“There is no point to keep the matter driving. In that view, we feel the need to close down the PIL with a direction to authorities to curb dog menace at all levels," the bench said.
Earlier, a census conducted by the government revealed that Srinagar city had 90,000 straydogs in 2011.
But the recent official data claims that the capital city of Srinagar has 40,000 to 45,000 stray dogs.
The data claims that the number has decreased significantly over the years.
The decline in the number is, however, being questioned by the civil society groups who say the population of stray dogs cannot slide without any practicable programme to control their reproduction.
According to the Anti Rabies Clinic (ARC) of SMHS hospital, 3637 dog bite cases have been reported in the Valley from April to September 2019.
As per the official statistics, 349 cases were registered in April, 565 in May, 654 in June, 754 July, 682 in August and 682 in September.
Of the 3676 dog bite cases, 2234 were reported from Srinagar alone.
Nearly 31,000 cases of dog bites were reported at the lone Anti-Rabies Clinic of the SMHS Hospital in Srinagar between 2012 and 2017, the official statistics reveal.
To curb the dog menace, Srinagar Muncipal Corporation (SMC) resorted to killing of stray dogs to restrain their population from turning in to a public menace.
However, the practice ended with the apex court directions and certain animal welfare organisations demanding to end the practice of killing.
The SMC then came out with the concept of catching and sterilising the stray dogs in the city. However, the programme failed to take off due to extremely high costs.
As per a report submitted by the SMC to the High Court, the corporation required 191 million US dollars for construction of 1800 dog pounds to tame stray dogs of Srinagar city.