On Friday, the Supreme Court emphasized the need for a solution to the stray dogs problem. SC also warned that people who regularly feed them might be held financially responsible for their immunization. Adding on they said, they would have to bear the costs incurred also, if those animals attack people.
What the ‘bench’ proposed?
The Justices, J.K. Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna, were hearing appeals in connection with stray dogs in Kerala. Justice Khanna recommended that those who feed stray dogs may want to consider keeping a number or identification sign on the dog they feed. If someone is assaulted, “They will be responsible for vaccinating them and incurring the cost,” he said.
The bench emphasized the necessity of finding a solution to the problem of stray dogs. They also focused on striking a balance between the people who feed them and those who are defenseless against their attacks. It was noted that it is crucial to acknowledge that there is a problem because they may turn vicious due to hunger or sickness. It further said that the relevant authorities could place rabies-infected dogs in a care facility.