Keeping an unregistered dog can now spell a lot of hassle for the owner in the city. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to crackdown on people who have kept pets, but have not registered them with it.
The civic agency will soon be launching a special drive under which public notices will be issued asking all pet owners to register their pets with the veterinary department of the civic agency. Those who still fail to do so will be fined a sum of R100.
However, more than the nominal fine, what will be a problem will be going to the magistrate's office to deposit the fine if the pet is found is found to be unregistered.
As per the Delhi Municipal Act, 1957, it is mandatory for every pet owner to register their pets. The civic agency claims that it is important to register a dog as it only at this stage that the veterinary department of MCD is able to check whether the dog has been given anti-rabies vaccination or not. The veterinary department has been alarmed at the rise of dog bite cases in the city. According to officials, more than 500 cases of dog bite were being reported from the city daily.
Under the special drive to be launched next month the veterinary staff will make rounds of houses to find out whether pets have been registered with them.
"More than 90% pet dogs in the city are not registered though legally they should be. It is matter of grave concern as it is only at the time of registration that we can check if the dog has been administered the anti-rabies vaccination," said a senior MCD official.
In order to get one's dog registered, the owner will have to go to the zonal office of the civic agency wherein after checking the relevant documents, certifying that the dog has been given anti-rabies vaccination, the civic agency will register it.
"To make them eligible for registration, the owner will have to get the dog vaccinated against rabies by a registered veterinary practitioner," added the official.
There are more than 2.60 lakh stray dogs in the city as per a 2009 census conducted by the MCD. However, no conclusive figures ascertaining the population of pet dogs are available.