Citizens have the right to feed stray dogs but need to maintain caution: Delhi HC

  • The Delhi High Court has ruled that stray dogs have the right to food, and citizens have the right to feed community canines while cautioning that when exercising this right, care and caution should be exercised to ensure that it does not infringe on the rights of others or cause harassment or nuisance.

  • While laying down criteria for feeding stray dogs, the high court stated that every dog is a territorial entity who must be fed and cared for at locations within their area that are not frequented by the general public.

  • Anyone who has sympathy for stray dogs can feed them at their private entrance, driveway, or any other location not shared with other residents, according to the decree, but no one can prevent others from feeding dogs unless it causes them damage or harassment.

  • The court-appointed a committee to execute the recommendations, which included the Director of the Animal Husbandry Department or his nomination, senior officers from all municipal corporations, the Delhi Cantonment Board, and a few advocates. The group was given four weeks to conduct its first meeting.

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