The High Court yesterday adjourned till October 6 the hearing on a writ petition that challenged the Dhaka South City Corporation's (DSCC) move to relocate stray dogs from its area.
The court postponed the hearing following a time prayer moved by the petitioners' lawyer Saqeb Mahbub and Additional Attorney General Murad Reza.
They told the court that DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh is scheduled to hold a meeting tomorrow with the petitioners and other stakeholders to settle the issue on relocation of dogs.
They prayed to the HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali to wait for the outcome of the meeting before hearing the petition.
Actor Jaya Ahsan and animal welfare organisations -- Obhoyaronyo and People for Animal Welfare -- submitted the petition as a public interest litigation to the HC on September 17.
It requested he HC to stay the DSCC move to relocate stray dogs and dump them in the Matuail landfill.
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.
DSCC veterinary officer Dr Shafiqul Islam reportedly said they removed some dogs from the areas and left them in Matuail because they were creating "problems" and there were "objections" against them.