Many cats cared for in High Court premises; High Court while hearing plea on stray dogs : Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court passed a order on 27 March, 2023.This was seen in the case of. Paromita Purthan v. BMC & Ors. 702/2022 and the case was presided over by Hon’ble Justice GS Kulkarni and RN Laddha.


In this case petitioner is a animal lover, who is taking care of stray dogs, stated to be 18 in number. These dogs have territorial affinity to the area of the petitioner’s cooperative housing society. Grievance of the petitioner is of cruelty being caused to the dogs, on account of the management of the Society, not permitting the petitioner to feed these dogs and to care for their requirements including providing water. The grievance is, also, that a designated area for feeding the dogs is not being provided by the society.


The Court said that treating stray dogs with cruelty was an unacceptable approach from persons living in a civilised society. t also had a word of caution for those who prevent other members of the society from taking care of stray dogs.

“If the Society continues to take any coercive measures as noted by us above and by physical force, persons like the petitioner are prevented from taking care of these animals, and/or from pursuing such activity which is wholly permissible in law, such actions on their part would not only be contrary to the provisions of law, but also, amount to commission of an offence” the court held. It reiterated that these rules have to be strictly adhered to.


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Paromita Purthan v. BMC & Ors.



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