SC agrees to examine plea against stray dog culling in Karnataka

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court bench of Justices NV Ramana and MM Shantanagoudar has agreed to examine a plea seeking contempt action against the chief officer of a municipal council in Karnataka and a private contractor on allegations of mass culling of stray dogs.

The bench also sought response and issued notice to Wilson VT, chief officer of Municipal Council of Sakaleshapura town, and contractor V George Robert and directed them to fill the response within a period of 4 weeks.

Advocate Siddharth Garg, appearing for petitioner animal rights activist Neveena Kamath, said the contempt proceedings should be initiated against the two respondents for willfully disobeying the specific directions of the apex court.

Garg said the PCA Act 1960 and the ABC Rules, 2001 prohibit any wanton catching and relocation of stray dogs and only allow catching for the purpose of sterilisation and relocation back to the same place, where the stray dogs were picked up.

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