In a case of Animal Relief Fund (ARF) in West Bengaluru (Kengeri) officers botched up the birth control surgery resulting into death of a stray dog, the strict action came down as an arrest of the doctor concerned.
Cruelty on stray dogs is nothing new and has always posed a threat to these animals. People stone them, poison them, tie them up or kill the puppies. However, an agency listed by the government which is supposed to neuter them for better care is now under the scanner.
The animal rights activist Naveena Kamath, who had filed an FIR at Girinagar Police Station about the incident, said: "There was a complete negligence in animal birth control. Post the surgery the internal organs were hanging outside from the stomach."
Kamath claimed that according to the standard operating procedure mentioned by Animal Welfare Board of India and also Animal Birth Control Rules 2001: "Once operated for birth control, the animal should be kept in the shelter for minimum three days or until the wound heals, but, "in this cases, the animal was let the same day i.e. on March 01."
She said the post-mortem report showed that—the animal died of post-operative complications.
Later, Dr Shivkumar who operated and supervisor of ARF Narsimamurthy were booked under various section of cruelty to the animal act.
'Doctor pleads for complaint withdrawal'
Kamath received a phone call from the doctor who was booked for surgery that killed the dog, "He said, I want to pursue higher education and this complaint would affect it," she said.
Satish Yadav, another animal rights activist, said, "There are many such cases of such negligence but may not have come out hence a thorough probe should be ordered."
Dr Shivkumar, the prime accused in this case said, all the norms were followed and the dog's internal organs would have come out due to a fight among animals.
When asked about the complaint against him, he said, "It is between NGO and City Corporation and I have nothing to do," he said.
Dr Maheshwar Gowda, Joint Director, Animal Husbandry Department, BBMP said, "If the police investigation proves that the doctor is guilty, we will send the documents to Karnataka Veterinary Council for withdrawing the practising licence."
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:50 PM IST