There has been an increase in the number of stray dogs at Sukhna Lake and it is easily noticeable. Anyone visiting Sukhna Lake could see stray dogs roaming or lying around. While dog lovers usually have a good time interacting with these dogs, some people don’t enjoy the company of stray dogs while going for an evening stroll at the lake.
Recently, a division bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court questioned Municipal Corporation, was they taking any action to check the stray dogs menace at the lake.
“Are human rights less than the animal rights?”, questioned a division bench of Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday while hearing a petition on stray dog menace at Sukhna Lake.
“Does the life of a common man not have any importance? It is necessary to take effective steps to save human lives,” observed the bench.
As the hearing started, the MC citied regulations of 2001 as per which any stray dog picked has to be dropped back to same area from where they were picked.
At this, the HC observed that the Sukhna was for the common man and thus it was necessary to ensure they were provided safety at the lake.
“There is ban on taking pet dogs to the lake. Then why can’t stray dogs be removed from the area,” observed the HC.
Recently, Municipal Corporation passed another order as directed by Delhi High Court as per which pet dogs are now allowed in local public parks. And the sign boards on banning pet dogs from entering parks should be removed.
The HC has asked the amicus curiae (advocate it appoints to assist it) Tanu Bedi and the MC to come up with a solution by the next hearing.
“The rules that the MC is citing are related to the birth of stray dogs and does not have anything to do with controlling the stray dog menace,” said Bedi.
He has been asked to provide the regulations framed in 2001 and 2015 Supreme Court interim orders on the issue to the court.
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