HC Seeks Details Of Dog Sterilizations In Srinagar

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SRINAGAR — The J&K High Court on Friday directed Srinagar Municipal Corporation to provide details about dog sterilizations effected in Srinagar City till October 1.  

“Respondent no.2 shall, on an affidavit, inform this court about the number of dog sterilizations effected in Srinagar City till 1st October, 2018,” a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe  said while hearing a Public Interest Litigation. The court directed that the SMC to file an affidavit before the next date of hearing on October 10.

On previous date of hearing, the court was informed there is one animal birth centre at Shuhama, for controlling the birth of dogs. “In so far as birth control is concerned, at this centre, approximately 10 sterilization can be done per day. However this is no sufficient and as such another centre is to be set up at Tengpora,” SMC had said. The Tengpora centre, the SMC said, would take about 9 to 10 months for completion. “Once the Tangpora centre is established that centre would be able perform 80 sterilizations per day, thus bringing the total sterilizations to 90 per day.”

Based on estimation of 300 working days, the court observed that approximately 27000 sterilizations would be carried out. “This would mean that around 70% of the stray dog population would be sterilized and that would stabilize the population of the dogs. This would be done on a continuous basis and off course the target is also that 100% stray dogs would be inoculated,” the court had observed.

The court had also termed as “shocking” the non-availability of anti-rabies vaccines and none of them have human Rabies immunoglobulin (HRIG) injection in most of the institutions in Jammu.  It had made the observation after perusing an affidavit filed by Commissioner secretary health and medical education department in compliance to the court’s direction.     

“The affidavit which gives the position for Jammu province is quite shocking because most of the institutions don’t have stock of anti-rabies vaccines and none of them have human Rabies immunoglobulin injection,” the court said and called for needs to rectify the same immediately. “Director Health Service Jammu shall immediately take action and file action taken report,” the court had said. 

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