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Stray Dogs

Municipal Corporation Shimla invariably receives the complaints regarding dog and monkey bites and nuisance. The issues related to monkey bites and nuisance has been taken up by the wildlife wing of Forest department HP.

 To tackle the stray dogs menace in Shimla town, Municipal Corporation Shimla framed the Stray Dogs Birth Control Society, Municipal Corporation Shimla (SDBCS, SMC) and has registered the same under Societies Registration Act XXI, 1860 on 03-01-2005.The Stray Dogs Birth Control Society of Municipal Corporation Shimla has adopted a scientific, effective and humane approach based on the guidelines of World Health Organisation (WHO) and Animal welfare Board of India (AWBI). This method/programme is carried out under the provision of Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960 and Dog Rules 2001.Under this society the Animal Birth Control- Anti Rabies (ABC-AR) Activity was started on 17-10-2006 and till 4.12.2020, 9495 stray dogs have been sterilised and vaccinated against the rabies. The SDBC Society is registered with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) vide recognition code No. HP025/07 on 14-02-2007. A tri-partite MoU was signed among Animal Welfare Board of India, Department of Animal Husbandry Govt. of HP and Municipal Corporation Shimla. Under these rules dogs are caught, sterilized, vaccinated with rabies vaccine and released in the same area from where they are caught. Translocation of dogs from one place to another is not permitted under SPCA Act 1960 and Dog Rules 2001.

With the objective of providing shelter and food to existing street dog population, Municipal Corporation Shimla has started a programme of stray dog adoption. For this, MC Shimla approved a policy in the month of October 2019. This includes personal and community adoption. Stray dogs are sterilized and vaccinated free of cost in the ABC centre of The Municipal Corporation. More than 200 stray dogs have already been adopted by the residents of the town under personal and community adoption programme.

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