While observing that some resolution was needed, the Supreme Court on Friday listed the Kerala wild dog threat case on September 28 for direction. A bench headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna directed the case listed for interim orders and instructions and allowed the parties to freely submit their briefs regarding the interim order they seek. .
“You can’t let a person walking down the street be bitten by a dog. It is not acceptable. We have to accept there is a problem. We can’t deny it,” commented Justice Khanna.
The court found that they were aware of the problem and had to find a solution. Justice Khanna said that he is a dog lover himself, but he is also aware of this problem. The Chairman also proposed some measures such as vaccination for dogs, regulation of feeding areas, shelters to take care of dogs with rabies, etc.
Senior Adviser V Giri, appearing for the state, has filed that there are statutory rules for dealing with an unrequited situation.
“Apply your mind, because we have to find a way out, a balanced way out. Of course, there will be stray dogs on the street. Please find a way out,” said Justice Khanna.
Biju’s advocate, appearing for the petitioner, informed the bench that even after rabies vaccination, people were still dying. He also informed the court of the case of a young girl who had just died after being attacked by a dog.
However, Justice Khanna pointed out that there are ways and means to deal with this situation and it is possible to find a way to isolate aggressive dogs.
Responding to the state attorney’s submission that there is no single solution to the problem, Justice Khanna said, “You are the state. You have to find the solution! Are these rules written in stone so they can never be changed? “
The team further suggested that rabies-infected dogs or aggressive dogs could be isolated in a separate location, or could be placed in day-care centres.
However, the court emphasized the need to follow the set rules and made it clear that it did not say that stray dogs should be put to sleep.
Senior Attorney Giri, appearing for the state, sought to put the statutory and other mechanisms on file and also informed the court of the base situation.
The court then listed the case for an interim order and instructions on September 28.
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