Adhering to the guidelines laid by the High Court, any person who is passionate about the welfare of street dogs can feed them at their private residence’s entrance, driveway or any other place that shares space with other residents. Others can raise a complaint against this only if they are being harassed or harmed by the presence of the street dogs.
In an 86-pages verdict, Justice J R Midha commented that “community dogs (stray/street dogs) have the right to food and citizens have the right to feed community dogs but in exercising this right, care and caution should be taken to ensure that it does not impinge upon the rights of others or cause any harm, hindrance, harassment and nuisance to other individuals or members of the society”.
The court highlighted that Resident Welfare Association (RWA) or Municipal Corporation will have the responsibility to overlook the proper well-being and security of these dogs and also to see that there are no unnecessary obstacles in the entire process.
The order was passed at a dispute case over an issue of feeding stray dogs. One of them had issued a complaint against the other for feeding stray dogs near the entrance of a property. They both later came to a settlement about feeding the dogs at a designated place without any interference.
How have stray dogs usually been treated?
Stray dogs have forever received ill-treatment because of the perception that they are highly unhygienic and dangerous. Many people prefer to not even get near them because of the fear of getting bitten or contracting rabies. The differentiation Indian stray dogs face, compared to other pet breeds is immense. However, since the past few years, many communities and welfare groups across the country have come to the rescue of these strays by vaccinating, feeding and providing them with an appropriate shelter. This has also led to a significant decrease in the percentage of canine-to-human rabies transmission.
As rightly said by the court, awareness needs to be spread about the condition of these strays. These animals have the right to live with dignity and treated fairly as a part of society. Any inhumane treatment by a person should be considered to be a concern of utmost shame. Their happy, little smiles are nothing short of adoration and love. And this court order is sure to earn some happiness from all our furry friends!
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