OMD, again! Chikkaballapura municipality dumps stray dogs in forests

OMD, again! Chikkaballapura municipality dumps stray dogs in forests

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-04-07 21:51 Bengaluru: Seeing dog-catchers capturing and taking away stray dogs leaves one with a lump in throat. The sad-eyed dogs, caught while trying to escape have that defeated look, almost like they are going to suffer the worst fate.Most people, while sympathizing with the dogs, hope that the dogs will be neutered and returned to their original habitat. That does not happen, at least in the case of dogs captured in Chikkaballapura, a busy town 60 km from Bengaluru. Why? Because, now it turns out, the Chikkaballapura municipal staff simply take them to the forests nearby Gudibande, and abandon them there.There, the hapless dogs either starve to death, or turn killers, preying on deer, rabbits or peacocks, or become the prey themselves, to leopards. No return to the safer and more congenial environs of Chikkaballapura for them.Now, what the Chikkaballapura municipal staff is doing is ethically wrong, but more importantly, it is violative of a Supreme Court order.Bfirst.in received the photographs of work order issued by the Chief Officer of Gudibande from Sharath Babu, Chief Wildlife Warden. According to the Supreme Court Direction, the stray dogs taken from a particular territory should be vaccinated to control their birth and left in the same territory again and culling of dogs is a punishable offence. Recently, the city has also witnessed entry of a leopard in Vibgyor School premises where two people were injured and also in a University Campus in Nagarbhavi in 2009 where 20 volunteers had camped to trap the leopard. Sharath said: “Relocating stray dogs in the forest making them vulnerable to preying by big cats is dangerous. Having taken taste to dogs, leopards then enter the city premises in search of dogs.”With no funds to neuter the dogs and control their population, the Taluk Muncipal Council (TMC) of Gudibande, Chikkaballapura District passed a resolution on March 5 to relocate stray dogs in forest area. Following this, the Chief Officer of Gudibande Taluk, Pradeep Kumar, issued a related work order on March 14.Municipal dog-catcher Raju was asked to relocate the dogs about 100 kms away from the town in the forest area. This incident had earlier come to the notice of animal right activists who noticed that the dog catchers did not bring them back to the town.A set of stray dogs were carried away in a Tata Ace Vehicle registered number KA-01 AE-3809 by dog-catcher Raju as he was also paid Rs 200 by the Muncipal Corporation. However, when this issue came to the notice of one of the resident of Chikkaballapura, an FIR was filed against the Chief Officer for violation of Wildlife Protection Act 1972. "We caught hold of Raju who is on contract to catch stray dogs. He was caught in municipal limits of KR Nagar in Mandya district, but he escaped from  police station before action could be initiated against him for similar act of letting stray dogs in forest area in Mandya region. Now, once again despite seizing his vechile with the documents and handing him over to the police, no action was taken against him,” said Vinay More, a complainant.More said that when they questioned the CO regarding the orders issued by him which is contempt of SC order as well, he said he was under pressure from elected body here as the number of stray dog menace complaint from the public was more.A member of State Wild Life Board, who wanted to maintain anonymity  told Bfirst: “When dogs are let in the forest, they can kill deer, peacock and rabbits. These animals can also transmit infections like rabies to other animals in the forest. But for leopards and jackals, the dogs are a favorite flesh. But if this continues, then the beautiful wildlife population will be wiped off. Either the TMC have to control the birth of dogs or shoot them.”Sharath Babu, Chief Wildlife Warden, Bengaluru City, lashed at the Chief Offier of Chikkaballapura Municipaluity."It is sad to say that this resolution of culling the dogs has been passed by TMC and Corporators. This is all done because the Muncipal Council cannot spend on the neutering dogs. It costs Rs 595 for female dogs and Rs 495 for neutering of male dogs. When abandoned in forest area, dogs can become prey to carnivorous animals.”The Chief Conservator of Forests, G.G Hosmath issued and order on April 5 and asked the Deputy Conservator of Forest, Chikkaballapura to initiate action against the CO.Pradeep Kumar, CO, Gudibande said, he signed the resolution passed in Taluk Muncipal Council after the elected body proposed it."I signed the proposal, but withdrew the order very next day. There were complaints from public about stray dog problem. The decision (to leave them in forests) was taken as the municipality was unable to tackle them and lacked funds for animal birth control programme.”