If you want to keep a pet dog, you better ensure that you have the licence for it. In perhaps the first case of its kind, judicial magistrate Pradeep Synghal has convicted a Sector-27 resident of keeping a pet dog without taking a licence from the municipal corporation.
The convict, Prem Lal Sharma, had been challaned for not having a licence on July 9, 2013. He had violated Chandigarh Sanitation and Public health bylaws 1999.
“Considering the failure of the residents to get their pets registered which was mandated by the dog bylaws MC has started challaning violators. The challan were filed before court and this is first conviction and will act as a deterrent,” said joint commissioner MC Rajiv Gupta.
The convict has been asked to pay `200 and failure to do so would lead to jail for four days.
“There are 30 such challans pending before the district courts. The fine is on the lower side, but the aim is to create awareness and ensure implementation of dog bylaws,” said advocate Arvind Moudgil representing MC.
Owner needs to fill up a form, deposit a fee of `200 per dog, two recent photographs of the dog and a copy of the vaccination certificate from a government veterinary practitioner or a veterinary practitioner duly registered with the Indian Veterinary Council or the state veterinary council at the Sector-17 MC office.
Not more than two dogs are allowed per family
A blind person keeping a dog and using solely for his/her guidance is exempted from payment of the registration fee.
In case a pet owner does not register a dog, he can be punished with a fine extending up to `500. If still the dog is not registered, then the owner is fined `20 daily for seven days. After this, the dog is detained and the owner has to pay maintenance charges of `100 per day to claim the dog. If the dog is not claimed within seven days, then the MC can sell it.
669 challans since 2010.
MC collected Rs 9 lakh by registration as well as challaning of pet owners since 2010, which includes Rs 7.81 lakh from registration and `1.23 lakh from fine.
WHAT ARE DOG BYLAWS?
The law was implemented in 2010 and mandates registration of pet dogs above four months registered. A metal token is then issued by the MC which the dog has to wear on the collar. It remains valid for the dog’s life.
ONLY 40% DOGS REGISTERED
Most pet owners have not got their pets registered. Records show that only 3,907 dogs have been registered by the MC against estimated 10,000 pet dogs. In 2011, 1,713 dogs were registered; in 2012, only 990 were registered; in 2013, 669 dogs were registered and in 2014, 285 dogs were registered.