Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA)

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The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960

(59 of 1960)

As amended by Central Act 26 of 1982.
Arrangement of sections

Chapter 1 - Preliminary

1. Short title, extent and commencement.

2. Definitions

3. Duties of persons having charge of animals.

Chapter II - Animal Welfare Board Of India

4. Establishment of Animal Welfare Board of India.

5. Constitution of the Board.

5A. Reconstitution of the Board.

6. Term of Office and conditions of services of members of the Board.

7. Secretary and other employees of the Board.

8. Funds of the Board.

9. Functions of the Board.

10. Power of Board to make regulations.

Chapter III - Cruelty To Animals Generally

11. Treating animals cruelty.

12. Penalty for practising Phooka or doom dev.

13. Destruction of suffering animals.

Chapter IV - Experimentation Of Animals

14. Experiments on animals.

15. Committee for control and supervision of experiments on animals.

15A. Sub-Committee.

16. Staff of the Committee.

17. Duties of the Committee and power of the Committee to make rules relating to experiments on animals

18. Power of entry and inspection.

19. Power to prohibit experiments an animals.

20. Penalties.

Chapter V - Performing Animals

21. "Exhibit" and "Trained" defined.

22. Restriction on exhibition and training of performing animals.

23. Procedure for registration

24. Power of court to prohibit or restrict exhibition and training of performing animals.

25. Power to enter premises

26. Offences

27. Exemptions.

Chapter VI - Miscellaneous

28. Saving as respects manner of killing prescribed by religion.

29. Power of court to deprive person convicted of ownership of animal.

30. Presumptions as to guilt in certain cases.

31. Cognizability of offences.

32. Powers of search and seizure.

33. Search warrants.

34. General Power of Seizure for examination.

35. Treatment and care of animals.

36. Limitation of prosecutions.

37. Delegation of powers.

38. Power to make rules.

38A. Rules and regulations to be laid before Parliament.

39. Persons authorised under section 34 to be public servants.

40. Indemnity.

41. Repeal of Act 11 of 1890.

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True to its name, Stray Dog Denim is dedicated to animal rescue. They help to promote adoptions through social media, and look forward to more partnerships with animal welfare groups. "We want to ensure that even the scruffiest of dogs find their soul-mate. Sometimes all it takes is a little love and kindness to bring out the true personality of a shelter dog," says Rovin, who has trained two rescue dogs for therapy work in nursing homes. The company plans to encourage others down this path with "canine good citizen" training resources.

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Meet Amma, the 65-year-old ragpicker from Delhi who takes care of 400 stray dogs

She lives in a shack in Saket in southern Delhi and earns about Rs 200 (around 3.25 USD) a day, almost all of which she spends on the neighbourhood dogs. This is the story of Pratima Devi, a 65-year-old ragpicker who takes care of almost 400 dogs every day.

A saviour for stray dogs

After moving to Delhi about 30 years ago, Pratima initially started working as a cook for a few households in the city. After a few years, she started a cigarette shop at the PVR Anupam Complex in Saket, when she started to look after the dogs in the neighbourhood. When her shop was broken down by the police and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), she started working as a scavenger, collecting waste from nearby shops and offices and selling it, after segregation, for a meagre amount of money.

The number of dogs that she started caring for grew in no time, and one day she found herself feeding and caring for almost 400 dogs on a daily basis.

Married at a young age, Pratima ran away from Nandigram, her village in West Bengal, to make a life for herself in New Delhi. Coming from a dysfunctional home and having suffered marital abuse, Pratima finds the company of dogs much more endearing and comforting than the company of fellow human beings. Taking care of our furry friends isn’t new to her — even back in her village, she had a few stray dogs that she would feed and take care of regularly. All these dogs have become her family.

Pratima takes care of the dogs’ every need. She feeds them twice a day, gives them milk in the evening. and takes care of all their medical expenditure including vaccinations and treatments. Pratima takes the dogs to Friendicoes, an animal welfare organisation, during emergencies. Pratima has been receiving undying support from this institution. She visits them quite often in case of accidents, illness, or health-related issues of the dogs. Friendicoes even helps Pratima get the dogs neutered and vaccinated.

An inspiration for many

The story of Amma, the stray dog saviour, has reached far and wide. A lot of dog lovers visit her and offer her help. Amma allows the people who visit her to adopt puppies, and in this manner, several disabled canines have also found good homes.

Inspired by Pratima’s noble and selfless deeds, Sudeshna Guha Roy, an independent filmmaker, decided to make a documentary on her. Sudeshna, talking about how she met Pratima, says, “My team and I had enrolled for a social film-making competition and we were looking for subjects for the film when my mother told me about Pratima Devi.

Inspired by her work and moved by the desire to help Amma and her children, Sudeshna has been running a crowdfunding campaign to help Pratima improve her condition. “Pratima has been working hard day and night, with every penny going in to take care of these stray dogs. She receives a new puppy almost every week. The number of her 'children' is ever increasing, so is her expenditure,” says Sudeshna.

Pratima doesn’t have the money to buy her own medicines or fix her broken-down roof, and yet she does everything possible to take care of these dogs with all she can, while she can.

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