A writ petition was filed with the High Court yesterday seeking its directives on the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to stop its move to relocate stray dogs from the DSCC area and dump them in the Matuail landfill.
Celebrated actor Jaya Ahsan and animal welfare organisations -- Obhoyaronyo and People for Animal Welfare -- submitted the petition as a public interest litigation to the HC, requesting it to stay the DSCC decision.
In the petition, they also challenged the legality of the DSCC move and urged the HC to issue a rule asking the government and DSCC to explain why it should not be declared illegal.
Citing the petition, Barrister Saqeb Mahbub, lawyer for the petitioners, told The Daily Star that no animal including stray dogs can be removed, relocated and dumped as per section 7 of the Animal Welfare Act, 2019.
Dogs have reportedly been removed from TSC and Dhanmondi areas and relocated to the landfill under the verbal order from DSCC, he said.
The lawyer also said the HC may hold hearing on the petition next week.
DSCC veterinary officer Dr Shafiqul Islam reportedly said they removed some dogs from Dhanmondi and TSC areas from and left them in Matuail because they were creating "problems" and there were "objections" against them.