Delhi HC seeks city govt.’s stand on vaccination of stray dogs

Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the city government to respond to a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking vaccination of stray dogs in the Capital against diseases such as canine distemper virus.

“It appears that stray dogs in the city are a neglected lot and it is necessary to look after them not only as a measure of showing respect for life but also because that will be directly impacting the life of the human population in the city,” a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta said.

The Bench asked the Delhi government and the municipal corporation to come up with a “clear and considered stand”.

Painful death

The petition filed by advocate advocate Rahul Mohod stated that street dogs are dying a painful and unnatural deaths due to the deadly “canine distemper and parvo virus”.

Mr. Mohod said that despite knowing the reality, the Delhi government and other authorities have failed to arrange the vaccine for the virus. He said that the virus is highly contagious via inhalation for street animals and can survive in the environment (outside an animal/host) for more than six months.

Needs RT-PCR test

There is no treatment available for the virus, and it only transmits from one infected stray dog to another, he said. The petition said that the affected animal also needs RT-PCR test to detect the canine distemper.

The petition stressed that the infected dog dies an “excruciating painful death after suffering acutely”. It causes severe illness in the host by attacking multiple body system that is difficult to treat, the plea said.

Gir forest cases

It highlighted that in September-October 2018, 34 lions died due to canine distemper and bebesia at Gir forest in Gujarat. It was detected in 68 lions and six leopards. “But authority concerned did not learn from this and due to their carelessness, 85 Asiatic lion died die to distemper in at Gir forest,” the plea said.

Mr. Mohod said the forest department then imported 1,300 doses of vaccine from the U.S. and administered 1,100 dozen of them to animals in Gir.

Mr. Mohod also pointed to the deplorable condition of the Delhi government-run veterinary hospitals which lacked infrastructure for the vaccination of stray dogs.

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