Putting its plans on curbing stray cattle menace into action, the Corporation here impounded as many as 16 animals found wandering the streets and also affecting traffic on Arcot Road, on Tuesday.
Corporation health officer Manivannan said, “The 16 impounded animals are all cows and have owners who unleash the animals in the morning, allowing them to graze on the Palar river bed after which they return in the evening.”
When enquired of the deterrent action, the officer said, “First-time offences would be fined between Rs 3000 and Rs 5000, depending on the size of the animal while repeat offenders would have cases registered against them.”
Sources said that the local body was loath to have the caught stray animals on its premises as they have to be fed, which would then eat into the funds of what they claim to be a cash-strapped civic body. Hence, the alternative would be to fine the offenders who usually do not announce ownership and wait for the Corporation’s next move, knowing that they will not have the animals in the cattle pound for long, sources added.
While handing such animals to goshalas is also possible, the latter too reportedly baulk at taking in the strays as maintenance costs money. Asked if such cattle cannot be taken some distance away from town and let loose, sources said this would be playing into the hands of unscrupulous elements who could hand such animals over to butchers.