Finally, registering a pet dog is mandatory in SAS Nagar and the owner will have to pay Rs 250 per annum to the municipal corporation as fee. Once the pet is registered, a collar tag would be issued to be put around the dog’s neck. The implementation of the dog bylaws was being awaited for about a decade since they had been finalised by the SAS Nagar municipal corporation.
This was shared by Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi on Thursday who was in the city to launch the statewide helpline number to address public grievances. When questioned as to what was the hitch in notifying the dog bylaws for city, the minister said they had been approved.
“The bylaws have been approved and duly notified; the same shall be made public,” said Anil Joshi, while replying to a query by HT.
According to the bylaws, if a pet dog is found loitering on the streets, the animal may be detained and a fine of `50 per day will be imposed on the owner.
If the amount of fine accumulates to Rs 250, the dog will not be released to the owner.
The MC had initiated this process of formulating the bylaws in 2005 and had invited objections from residents in 2013. Commenting on the issue, MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said, “As soon as the notification is received, we shall make it public and start the process of registration of dogs.”
At present, the town has nearly 3,500 pet dogs. As per the final draft, the owner of every dog, who is kept or brought within the MC limits, within seven days of its arrival or before April 1 each year, would have to get the animal registered with the MC.
The owner would have to pay Rs 250 annually as registration fee. If the fee is paid after April 30, the owner would have to pay a registration fee of Rs 350.
On registration, the MC would provide the owner with a collar tag having the name and address of the owner. It is the owner’s duty to ensure that the collar tag remains around dog’s neck all the time.