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Delhi High Court directs Centre to decide representation to ban dangerous dog breeds

The petition in Delhi High Court highlighted that there had been many incidents of such dangerous dog breeds attacking people including their owners.

Sheenu Sharma Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu New Delhi Published on: December 06, 2023 17:08 IST
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The Delhi High Court today (December 6) asked the Centre to decide expeditiously, preferably within three months, a representation to ban and cancel the licence to keep dangerous dog breeds such as Pitbull, Terriers, American Bulldog and Rottweiler.

A bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Manmohan asked the petitioner, who made the representation in October, to let the authorities take a call on the issue as they were the ones who draft the relevant laws and regulations. During the hearing, the court also stressed the need for promoting the local breeds of dogs which are sturdy.

Care of Indian dog breeds:

"Indian breeds need to be taken care of. They are far more sturdy. They don't fall sick that often because they have acclimatised. Today we are vocal for local," the court observed.

The central government lawyer said the representation has already been sent to the department concerned and a decision will be taken after consultation with stakeholders.

"They (the authorities) shall decide representation as expeditiously as possible, preferably within three months," the bench, also comprising Justice Mini Pushkanra, ordered.

On October 5, a division-bench headed by then Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma had refused to entertain the petitioner's PIL on the issue, saying they should first approach the government authorities with its grievance.

Dangerous dog breeds: 

In its petition, Legal Attorneys and Barristers Law Firm had alleged that dog breeds like- Bulldog, Rottweiler, Pitbull, Terriers, Neapolitan Mastiff are dangerous dogs and are banned in more than 12 countries including India but the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was still registering them to be kept as pets.

The petition highlighted that there had been many incidents of such dog breeds attacking people including their owners.

"lt is the need of the hour to ban and cancel the licence to keep dogs such as Pitbull, Terriers, American bulldog, Rottweiler, Japanese Tosa, Bandog, Neapolitan Mastiff, Wolf Dog, Boerboel, Presa Canario, Fila Brasileiro, Tosa Inu, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino and cross breeds of above mentioned dogs," it had stated.

The petition had asserted that it was the duty of the Centre and the state government to act as welfare state and to take preemptive action to save the lives of the citizens from the risk of any major dog bite incident by these dangerous breeds.

(With PTI inputs)

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