After the Supreme Court allowed feeding stray dogs in the places designated for them Canceled her temporary residence Thursday, Social Welfare Associations (RWAs) in the capital said they already had provisions in place to feed the fugitives, but that caution should also be exercised about potential aggression.
Some of them also said the Animal Welfare Council needs to coordinate with RWAs to locate these feeding places.
The High Court has rescinded her temporary stay, which she had ordered in March, based on a ruling by the Delhi High Court on feeding stray dogs. In June last year, the Supreme Court said stray dogs have a right to food and citizens have a right to be fed. The three-judge panel chaired by Justice UU Lalit rescinded the suspension on Thursday after being informed that the parties before the Supreme Court had settled the matter.
Ruby Mikheja, Secretary to Navjivan Vihar RWA said, “We respect the judgment and will follow the same. We have already assigned feeding places, but being a small colony it is a bit difficult for us because the spots should be less frequented by visitors. The Animal Welfare Council had to work We coordinated with RWA to locate these locations, so we wrote to them last time as well but never got any returns from them.”
Iqbal Tandon, RWA Secretary, Saket J Block, said they also had a designated area – a corridor for feeding dogs.
But people usually don’t stick to it and avoid spoiling the roads. We don’t want to deter dog lovers from pursuing their passion because street dogs are here to stay. They will not disappear. You have to take care of them. But allotted spaces are necessary so that other residents of the colony are not disturbed. It also poses the problem of sanitation and disease.”
Shilpa Chandra, Green Park’s RWA secretary, said they have largely controlled the stray dog population. “The electrolytes are there but to a large extent, over a period of time, they have been sterilized or neutralized. Right now we probably have one in each lane, and they are not very aggressive and they are well fed. At one point there was a problem. SDMC came and took Some are away. Some residents opposed it. We weren’t in favor of resettlement either. Lately, we haven’t had a lot of incidents,” she said.
“My idea is that through the Animal Welfare Council, we can allocate feeding places far from residential areas. They can be fed there twice a day because too much feeding also makes them aggressive,” she said.