It was in December last year, when the municipal corporation (MC) finalised the dog bylaws, but the civic body is still waiting for notification of the laws from the state government. Seven years after formation of SAS Nagar district, the MC finalised the dog bylaws, which included charging Rs 250 annually from each pet owner.
At present, there are nearly 3,500 pet dogs in the town and these animals are kept by the households without following any rules and regulations.
MC commissioner Uma Shanker Gupta said, “We have already sent the bylaws to the state government for the notification, but are yet to receive an approval. We will send them a reminder once again.”
As per the finalised draft of the bylaws, the owner must register every dog brought within the MC limits within seven days of its arrival or before April 1 each year.
The owner will have to pay Rs 250 annually as registration fee. If the fee is paid on May 1, the owners would have to pay a registration fee of Rs 350.
On registration, the MC will provide the owner a metal badge engraved with name and address of the owner, which the pet has to wear at all times.
The draft of the bylaws reads that any dog without a collar or other marks distinguishing them as private property and not wearing the MC badge in accordance with the clause, if found loitering on the streets or beyond the owner’s house may be detained and a fine of Rs 50 per day will be imposed.
After crossing the maximum fine of up to Rs 250, the dog will not be released to the owner.
On conviction of the dog owner under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, of an offence of cruelty to a dog, the court may order him to be disqualified for keeping a dog and for holding or obtaining a dog licence for any period. Besides, the licence already issued to the owner will be suspended.
The owner, then, can appeal against the order in the manner as against a conviction. The penalty for failing to comply with such order will be Rs 200.