Pune: PMC Issues Warning of Legal Consequences for Opposing Stray Dog Sterilization

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By: Pune Pulse

August 29, 2023

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has enlisted the services of two organizations to carry out sterilization procedures on stray dogs. However, the progress of this campaign has been impeded by the interference of citizens. 

As per the information provided, the Health Department of the PMC has issued a warning of legal action against individuals who oppose the initiative. The health department has initiated an effort to conduct sterilization surgeries and administer vaccinations to stray dogs and cats within the city limits. This campaign aligns with the guidelines provided by the Animal Welfare Board of India. 

As per the information received, on April 16, 2020, the standing committee of the PMC appointed the Universal Animal Welfare Society and Canine Control and Care Trust as the organizations responsible for sterilizing and vaccinating stray animals in the city. Unfortunately, the staff of these organizations has been subjected to intimidation to prevent the release of vaccinated stray animals into specific areas. This obstruction has significantly hindered the progress of the campaign. 

While talking to Pune Pulse, Bhagwan Pawar, the Health Chief of PMC said, ”Legal action will be taken against those who create obstacles. However, the type of action will be decided according to the obstruction caused in the PMC’s work.”

Madhupriya Dhanwate