After receiving information from animal welfare activists and members of local associations of alleged illegal relocation of stray dogs in Bhubaneswar, our OIPA representative in Odisha, who is also Member of the Odisha State Animal Welfare Board, has immediately submitted a report of complain to the municipal corporation.

A capturing team has been sighted to catch healthy dogs with their puppies and inhumanely kept in kennels without food and water for relocating them outside the city.

According to national law street dogs cannot be beaten, killed, driven away, displaced or dislocated. The relocation of stray dogs is an offense under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and a violation of the directions of the Supreme Court of India. Stray dogs can be caught only for sterilization and vaccination, or if they suffer from rabies or aggressive behaviours, always in accordance with the Animal Birth Control Rules, 2023 filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India, and once treated they must be returned back to their original locations.

It has been requested the Commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipality and the District Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Khordha to investigate the episode and take appropriate action as per provision of the law.

Read the letter of complain: Oipa Odisha complain