An order has been passed on March 19th, 2o12 by a Magistrate requiring that Mr. V.K.V. Sarma get ‘rid’ of his 30 odd pet dogs – all rescued by him – within 30 days from the date of the passing of the order! It is based on the entirely incorrect premise that Mr. Sarma was “rearing” dogs.
It is stated to be based on a Madras High Court; but the Madras High Court order had only stated that breeding activity should not take place in residential colonies. That Mr. Sarma was not “rearing” dogs has not weighed with the Magistrate. Whereas this order will be challenged, it can be argued that such an order will lead to people abandoning pets ; and will that not increase dog ‘numbers’ on the streets of Bangalore?