Representational Image. Photo: Mathrubhumi Archives
New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India declined the plea of the local self-governments from Kerala for permission to kill rabid stray dogs.
It transferred the individual cases on stray dog attacks to the high court. SC also decided to hear in detail the policy matters on controlling the population of stray dogs in Kerala, in February next year.
Kerala had also sought to vacate the stay order of high court on permission to Kudumbashree units to sterilise stray dogs. SC asked Kerala to file a separate plea on the matter.
Senior advocate V Chidambaresh told the court that Kerala HC has constituted a special bench composed of Justices Sankaran Nambiar and Gopinath Menon. SC said the petitioners can approach the HC on cases of cruelty against the animal by violating the rules.
SC bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and JK Maheshwari ordered the animal welfare department to report the number of stray dog attacks in the country in the past seven years.