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Dhaka, Monday   26 October 2020

No removal of dogs in DSCC for now: HC

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 07:05 PM, 12 October 2020   Updated: 07:51 PM, 12 October 2020

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The High Court has asked to stop the removal of dogs until the ongoing discussions among various organizations and mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) settled.

The attorney general has been asked to discuss the matter with the mayor. At the same time, the court adjourned the hearing of the writ petition for one month.

The High Court bench comprising Justice Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order upon writ hearing on Monday.

Barristers Mostafizur Rahman Khan and Shakib Mahbub appeared for the writ petition. Attorney General AM Amin Uddin was present at the hearing on behalf of DSCC.

Later, Barrister Shakib Mahbub told reporters that the mayor was holding discussions with various organizations on the removal of dogs in the DSCC. The matter was brought to the notice of the court. Therefore, the court has given a verbal order not to kill the dog until the discussion on the dog is settled. Court also asked the attorney general to talk to the mayor about it.

Earlier, a writ petition was filed on September 17 seeking directions to stop the activities of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) for removing stray dogs from the capital. In the public interest, actress Jaya Ahsan and two animal welfare organizations Sanctuary and People for Animal Welfare jointly filed the writ petition.

The writ petition seeks a rule on the validity of the DSCC's activities regarding the transfer and dumping of dogs. The writ petition was filed by the concerned persons including DSCC.

According to the writ petition, according to Section 7 of the Animal Welfare Act-2019, no animal, including a stray dog, can be removed, transferred or discarded. However, there are allegations that stray dogs have been removed from TSC and Dhanmondi and dumped in Matuail by the verbal order of DSCC. Therefore, the validity of DSCC's decision and activities regarding dog transfer has been challenged in the writ petition.