Cuttack, Jan 9: The Orissa High Court lifted the stay order on sterilisation of stray dogs on Monday after the Odisha government informed it that a state-level committee has been formed for animal birth control.
The Odisha government submitted an affidavit in the court stating that a state-level monitoring and implementation committee for animal birth control has been formed to regulate the sterilisation of stray dogs.
This has paved the way for the resumption of the sterilisation process of stray dogs in the state.
The bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Dr. Bidyut Ranjan Sarangi and Justice MS Raman lifted the stay order hearing a petition filed by Biswajit Pradhan.
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.
However, Odisha government had been undertaking dog sterilisation without constituting a committee.
Pradhan had filed a petition in the High Court in this regard. The court had put a stay order on July 6, 2023 on the sterilisation drive. The state government and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) submitted an affidavit on Monday stating that a state-level committee for animal birth control has been formed to regulate the sterilisation of stray dogs.