Q. What are the powers provided to police officers under the Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animals Rules, 1965?
A. Section 11 of the Act provides that if a police officer above the rank of a constable feels that the animal is overloaded, he may ask the owner or any other person in charge of such animal to take the animal or the vehicle or both to the weighbridge for the purpose of determining the weight of the load which the animal has been or is drawing or carrying.
If the owner in charge of the aforesaid animal refuses to comply with the demand of the police officer, the policeman has every right to take the animal or the vehicle or both to the weighbridge and get it weighted. As soon as any weight is determined under this rule, the owner or other person in charge of the said animal shall be given a statement in writing signed by the police officer as to the weight