Stray dogs: Task force told to form helpline

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Staff Reporter
The Sindh High Court has once again expressed resentment at provincial authorities for a
further delay in the approval of a PC-I for a proposed project to detain and release dogs after
sterilisation and vaccination.The court directed the authorities to complete the process within a week
and ordered the chief secretary, if compliance was not made, to appear in person on the next date to
inform the court of the reasons behind the delay.A two-judge bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali
Mazhar also summoned for Jan 29 the chairman of a task force, recently constituted on a court order to
help local administration in detention and control of stray/street dogs, after the District Municipal
Corporation Central complained against the body. It directed the task force chairman, the special

secretary of the local government department, to set up a public helpline to register their complaints
within three days.The bench also issued a show-cause notice to the executive director of the National
Institute of Child Health after an additional secretary-health submitted that the NICH did not provide
details regarding the treatment of a boy who died after being bitten by rabid dogs in Larkana at the
hospital during treatment.