Waking up four years after Chandigarh Registration of Pet Dogs Bylaws-2010 came into force, city mayor Poonam Sharma announced strict action against pet dog owners who violate the bylaws under its clause 14.
Giving infor mation here on Tuesday, she said the pet dog owners who have not got their dogs registered to date, should get them registered from the registering authority, office of medical officer of health, municipal corporation, Chandigarh, within 15 days (before July 30), failing which strict action would be initiated against them.
As per the records of Sector 19 civil veterinary dispensary, the only rabies clinic in the city, eight cases of dog bites are reported daily on an average. Still, the municipal corporation (MC) has issued only 169 challans under the dog bylaws in the past one year.
There are nearly 15,000 pet dogs in the city, of which only 4,455 got registered with the MC in the past four years.
The civic body has failed to convince the residents to get their pets registered, which is mandatory under the bylaws. In fact, the registration of pet canines has seen a downward trend since 2011, when 1,713 dogs were registered.
In 2012, the figure was 990; which went down to 669 in 2013, and 285 in 2014.
She further said dog owner shall not allow the dog to defecate in public places such as residential areas, greenbelts, parks, streets, roads, road berms and other common places.
In case a dog defecates at these places, the owner shall arrange to get the excreta of dog removed at his own level.
In addition to that, a joint team constituted by joint commissioner Rajiv Gupta under supervision of superintendent, MC slaughter house, Dr MS Kamboj, animal husbandry department official Rajinder Singh Bajwa and sanitary inspector Harpreet Singh conducted a surprise check at pet shops in various sectors here on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, a team inspected eight pet shops falling within the municipal corporation’s limits and found unregistered pet dogs at two shops in Sector 7 and 20.
During the inspection, 10 challans were issued for keeping unregistered pet dogs under the Chandigarh Registration of Pet Dogs Bylaws-2010.