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MCGM TO FINE PEOPLE FEEDING STRAYS

bmc-4Dog lovers in the city will soon have to stop feeding strays in their areas or shell out Rs 500 as fine to MCGM. After nine-year-old Sonavi Chitale from Vile Parle was bitten by a pack of eight stray dogs that were being fed by a local animal lover, MCGM has said that it will now levy a fine of Rs 500 against people who feed stray dogs. MCGM plans to intensify the drive of taking action against people who feed the stray dogs and attract their attention. The issue of dog bites was widely discussed in the general body meeting by the elected MCGM representatives. Shiv Sena corporator and leader of house Sunil Prabhu pointed out that though MCGM has undertaken sterilisation of an estimated 90,000 stray dogs, it was not effective, adding that the only solution was killing the dogs. Additional Municipal Commissioner Kishore Gajbhiye said that as per the Bombay High Court order, the BMC cannot kill stray dogs. As per the BMC’s cleanliness and sanitation bye-laws, people feedings animals in public places can be fined Rs 500. Gajbhiye added that a special council will be appointed to represent BMC’s case in the High Court. NMTV Bereau report

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