Mrunal Manmay Dash

The stay order on sterilisation of stray dogs in Odisha was lifted by the Orissa High Court on Monday paving the way for the resumption of the sterilisation process in the State.

The development came after the Odisha government furnished an affidavit in the court stating that a state-level monitoring and implementation committee for animal birth control (ABC) has been formed to regulate the sterilisation of stray dogs.

Notably, the Supreme Court of India had issued a directive to all the states to constitute a state level monitoring committee for the Animal Birth Control Programme (ABC). The ABC involves a process of sterilisation to control the population of stray dogs combined with and anti-rabies vaccination to prevent rabies.

However, Biswajit Pradhan had filed a petition in the Orissa High Court alleging that the Odisha government had been undertaking dog sterilisation without a committee. Hearing the petition, the HC had put a stay order on July 6, 2023 on the sterilisation drive including Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) animal birth control (ABC) programme.

As per a report, with the commencement of the breeding season of dogs, the incidents of canine bites have increased by at least 50 per cent in Bhubaneswar.

However, with the lifting of the stay order, the government is expected to resume sterilisation drive and keep the stray dog population under control.