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Is DSCC still relocating stray dogs?

  • Published at 10:09 pm October 26th, 2021
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Picture shows a mural by PAW Foundation protesting the relocation of stray dogs Dhaka Tribune/Rajib Dhar

Officials were caught on video early in the morning on multiple occasions recently

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) is allegedly continuing drives to relocate stray dogs, several citizens have complained. 

They said some of the relocated dogs were like pets to them, as they fed and took care of the animals.

The relocation of the dogs without cause is in violation of Section 7 of the Animal Welfare Act 2019.

DSCC Chief Executive Officer (Additional Secretary) Farid Ahmed told Dhaka Tribune the corporation was relocating dogs on the basis of complaints from other citizens.

“They are all stray dogs, not anyone’s pets. We are not taking dogs from anyone’s homes,” he said.

The DSCC would definitely take action if citizens complained about dogs, he added.

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Some citizens of Jigatola, Wari, Kakrail and Shahjahanpur complained that more than 20 dogs had disappeared in the areas in the last week. Some witnesses shot videos of DSCC officials injecting dogs with tranquillizers and then taking them away.

One such witness was Md Jamal, a resident of Shahjahanpur. He said the pick-up van used by the officials bore the DSCC logo. 

They caught the dogs with nets before tranquillizing them.

In the video, Jamal is heard asking the officials to release the dogs as it was illegal to forcibly relocate them.

The DSCC officials identified themselves by showing their ID cards and said they had been instructed to take the dogs to be neutered.

Jamal told them that he personally took care of the dogs and had ensured that they all received the rabies vaccine.

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“One of the dogs had an infection on its back. It had been receiving treatment for the past two weeks. I asked the officials to leave at least just that one, but they did not listen,” he told Dhaka Tribune.

The next day, another DSCC vehicle came to the area at 6:30am to catch more dogs. Jamal again videoed the incident and asked the officials to release the dogs.

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The DSCC officials told him to file a complaint with the police if he wanted to. They even drove Jamal and another local to the police station.

He claimed the DSCC had caught 10 dogs in two days. There are about 100 dogs in the entire area.

Sumaya Dewan Fiza, a student who lives in Kakrail, said several dogs had gone missing in the area over the past week.

“The first incident took place two months ago, when two dogs, named Yo and Kongkal, could not be found. They have not been seen since,” she said.

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Another dog that lived in the garage of one of the buildings has not been seen since Thursday. The security guard did not see anyone take the dog.

“These dogs were my pets. I have lost five dogs in two months and now I am scared all the time. I can’t sleep at night. Who took them?” she asked.

When asked if the dogs had collars, she answered in the negative as they did not like to wear them. She did not know if DSCC officials were the ones who took them.

A tea seller in the area said he opened his shop at 7am but he hadn’t seen any cars that early in the area in the past week. However, he had heard from others that many dogs were being taken away in nearby areas.

Animal welfare activist and PAW Foundation Founder Rakibul Haq Emil told Dhaka Tribune: “We are receiving complaints about missing dogs from several areas. I have seen different videos. There have been reports of missing dogs over the past month. The city corporation says the dogs they catch are being vaccinated. We do not know whether the relocation has continued yet.”

He added that he was concerned by the lack of transparency and accountability for the workers.

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“We have no idea what they are doing with the dogs. How many dogs were caught? Are they selling them or using them for some dishonest purpose? We are not clear on that either,” he said.

He urged the DSCC to inform the public about the welfare and location of the dogs.

Asking to remain anonymous, DSCC officials said the dogs were being sent to Matuail landfill and there was no shortage of food there.

DSCC Chief Executive Officer Farid Ahmed said it was not possible to give specific information about the dogs and declined to comment further.

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