ID cards soon for those feeding stray dogs

The court also ruled that police should assist dog feeders if they faced any "harassment" from residents and also ordered the AWBI to designate specific feeding areas.

Rishi Dev, founder of Citizens for Animal Rights who has written a book on "Urban disputes over animals", said this was the first time that the government was supporting such an initiative.

Sharma hoped that many would come forward to apply for the cards. "They are performing a duty," she said. "And it's a legitimate exercise."

CANINE LOVE

The forms for the ID card can be downloaded from the Animal Welfare Board of India website, awbi.org

The applicant needs to provide details such as name, address and previous experience, if any, of working with AWBI

The card will be mailed to the applicant within two weeks

In December 2011, the Delhi High Court had passed an order voicing its approval for designated "dog feeding spots" for stray canines in the city

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