Staff Reporter

Government orders probe into efficacy of NGO-led approach

Bangalore: Shaken by the public outcry against the death of a young boy in an attack on Wednesday by a pack of stray dogs in BEML Layout, the State Government and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Friday announced a raft of measures, including putting mad, ferocious and rabid dogs to sleep. All other stray dogs will be sterilised.

An inquiry has been ordered into whether the non-governmental agencies responsible for the Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme over the past six years have succeeded in their task, Health and Family Welfare Minister R. Ashok said on Friday.

He said the Government was examining whether or not criminal cases could be filed against health officials of the corporation, and NGOs such as Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) that were given generous funding to control the dog population.

Earlier, in separate press conferences, Public Works Minister H.D. Revanna and the BJP MLC `Mukhyamantri' Chandru attacked the BBMP for failing to protect children from "ferocious and mad dogs" in Bangalore.

The Health Minister, explaining the legal hurdles that prevented the Government from killing dogs, said he would write to the Union Government to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

Mr. Jairaj said all unauthorised mutton stalls and those selling mutton on pavements would be immediately closed, as there were complaints that the stall owners threw leftovers out in the open, which dogs fed on.