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STRAY DOG STERILIZATION DRIVE MOUNTED IN PUNJAB

Published Sep 16, 2021, 5:26 pm IST | Updated Sep 16, 2021, 5:26 pm IST

Vets to intensify ABC, AR program; Separate campaign to check cruelty against animals; over 1.7 lakh street dogs already sterilized

STRAY DOG STERILIZATION DRIVE
STRAY DOG STERILIZATION DRIVE

 

Chandigarh: The Punjab Government has decided to further ramp up the ongoing drive to sterilize street dogs in the state for controlling their population and checking the human-animal conflicts by adopting a humane approach towards the growing stray dog threat.

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For this purpose, the Local Government department will engage veterinary doctors at the municipality level to give further strength to the animal birth control and anti-rabies (ABC/ AR) program in a humane manner.
Besides undertaking the extensive sterilization drive, a separate campaign will also be launched soon to create public awareness and solicit their cooperation to not only check the stray dog menace but also control the cruelty against animals, especially dogs.


These decisions were taken at a meeting, chaired by the Chief Secretary, Ms Vini Mahajan, here, to review the progress of the measures being taken to control the menace of stray dogs and check the inhumanity against animals in the rural and urban areas of the state.

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PhotoVinni Mahajan, Chief Secretary

The Chief Secretary asked the Local Government department to ensure that all the civic bodies to engage only those animal welfare organizations/ NGOs having requisite permission from the Animal Welfare Board of India to carry out the ABC/ AR program while adopting the humane approach in the state.


"This is required to ensure that the animal welfare organizations/ NGOs undertaking the dog sterilization are having requisite infrastructure, experience, and expertise required as per the ABC (Dogs) Rules, 2001, in adherence to the relevant guidelines of AWBI to prevent cruelty to dogs,” she asserted.

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PhotoAjoy Kumar Sinha, (Principal Secretary) Local Government
 


Ms Mahajan was informed that over 1.7 lakh street dogs have so far been sterilized in the cities and villages across the state.
Principal Secretary, Local Government, Ajoy Kumar Sinha, apprised the Chief Secretary that the department has already constituted the monitoring and implementation committees at state as well as district levels for effective management of stray dogs, controlling rabies, and putting brakes on the stray dog population while working under the ambit of law with a humane approach.
 


"Cruelty against animals, including stray dogs, would not be tolerated at any cost," asserted the Chief Secretary, while warning of strict action against all those involved in such inhuman acts.

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The Chief Secretary directed the ACS-cum-Financial Commissioner Rural Development and Panchayats, Seema Jain, to take steps to further control the stray dog population in the rural areas. Ms Jain apprised the Chief Secretary that the Rural Development and Panchayats department has already sterilized 1,041 dogs in the rural areas of Muktsar, Jalandhar, and Amritsar districts.
 

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