New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said compassion should be shown to stray dogs but they should not become a menace to the society.

A bench led by Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit said it would hear in detail the aspect of revised module containing the implementations for controlling the street dog population and other measures filed by Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), the lead petitioner in the case.

“Compassion should be shown towards stray dogs but at the mean time, these animals cannot be allowed to become a menace to the society. A balance needs to be created for dealing with such situation,” the bench said.

The AWBI in its petition had said that the revised module contained procedures for eradicating rabies and reducing the man-animal conflicts.

The board suggested that committees should be made to monitor animal births.

According to reports, more than one lakh people in Kerala have been bitten by dogs during 2015 and 2016 and the frequent attacks have made the situation vulnerable.

The Supreme Court had earlier declined to pass an interim order to stay culling of dogs on a PIL by advocate Anupam Tripathi.