Feed that stray and pay Rs 500!
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has gone bonkers it seems.Half their rules just do not make any sense!
If you love dogs and cats and often feed strays, think again, for you might have to shell out a penalty of Rs 500. The BMC has appointed dog control officers and nuisance detectors to keep an eye on those who feed dogs, cats, cows and birds in public places.The civic body has invoked a byelaw and plans to implement it strictly in the light of incidents in which strays have mauled passers-by, especially children.“According to clause 4.5 of the Greater Mumbai Cleanliness and Sanitation bye-laws 2006, we can punish people who feed animals on roads. An erring person can be fined Rs 500. We are now implementing it seriously. Nuisance detectors and dog control officers will keep a watch on such people,” said Kishor Gajbhiye, an additional commissioner with the BMC’s health department.Gajbhiye said those who want to report such cases can call dog control officers on the phone number 23085118. There are four sub-centres where people can call: Bandra - 26409278, Mahalaxmi - 23085118, Malad - 28808266, Ghatkopar - 22561800. Animal lovers are not amused. “This is wrong. They can’t punish people who feed strays. The high court had suggested that BMC sterlise dogs to control their population, but they can’t kill them by starving them. If animal lovers want to feed dogs, what is wrong with that?” said Fizza Shah, an animal rights activist. “If animal lovers can’t feed strays, who will? When they are hungry, they get very aggressive and create more problems. We do not understand why the BMC comes up with these rules,” said Arvind Shah, founder of Karuna, an NGO in Andheri.