All the important points are summarized below. They pertain to India in general. The point about BBMP pertains to Bangalore city alone.
- Relocation* of dogs (such as dumping them in another neighbourhood or village or forest) is not permitted, as it will spoil the balance in the new place.
- Getting rid of the existing dogs means that new ones are bound to come along and take their place — this is Nature’s way. The new ones are likely to be unsterilized and not vaccinated, so it is more prudent to just control the existing population.
- Killing of stray dogs is not allowed. Sterilization (neutering and spaying) is strongly recommended.
- It is as important to neuter a male as to spay a female. Here’s why: The male could mate with any unsterilized female in heat — including someone’s pet dog, probably a pedigreed one. If that female produces (semi-stray) puppies, the owners may throw the puppies into the street, adding to the stray population.
- Contrary to fears, most dogs are not rabid. If they had been rabid, they would have died in 2-3 months! However, it is strongly recommended to vaccinate them against rabies every year.
- In the case of a bite by a stray dog, the nearest BBMP centre will administer a free course of anti-rabies vaccinations. Inform the caregiver but do not hound him/her for compensation.
- There is no law under which you can file a complaint that a stray dog or pet dog is being noisy.
- You may not want to feed an animal; that is your choice. However, if you choose to feed it, you cannot be stopped from doing so.
- If we segregate our trash wisely, we will attract fewer rats — and hence, fewer stray dogs.
The following cases are not considered ‘relocation’:
- You adopt it as a pet.
- You give it to a friend (in another neighbourhood) to rear as a pet.
- You move it to your farm or factory where there are no other strays that may challenge or oppose its entry, where there is a fence for the property, and where the animal is fed and cared for adequately.
- You give it to a sanctuary for abandoned animals.
- If you are doing any of the above, please keep all caregivers and some neighbours informed, or they may file a “missing dog” complaint!