The New Delhi Municipal Council has finalised bylaws for pet and stray dogs. The laws place more responsibilities on dog owners, both towards their pets and also the society.
“The council has sent the bylaws to be published in the official gazette to the Delhi Government. Once notified, we will carry out an intensive drive against violators,” said NDMC Health Officer Lt Col SK Garg.
The bylaws state that the owner must register a dog, above three months, within seven days of bringing it home. “The owner should obtain a registration certificate and a metal token after paying the prescribed fee. The token should be attached to the dog’s collar at all times.”
The registration certificate would have details of the owner and the dog’s vaccination schedule. Dog-owners can get their pet vaccinated at the MCD’s Veterinary hospital at Moti Bagh or from any qualified vet.
The registration will be valid for the financial year ending March 31 and should be renewed every year. The registration authority should be informed within a month if the ownership of the dog changes, the owner changes address or the dog goes missing or dies.
Dogs without collars or tokens would be considered strays if found roaming beyond the enclosure of the house. They are liable to be impounded, the bylaws state.
To control the population of strays, the NDMC will continue sterilisation and immunisation programmes with help from animal welfare organisations.
Incurably ill or mortally wounded dogs will be subject to euthanasia at specific hours in a humane manner. Adult dogs will be put to death with sodium pentathol and puppies with Thiopental Introperitoneal.
The bylaws have provisions for resident complaints about suspected rabid dogs. “Such dogs would be kept in isolation and checked for rabies. If the diagnosis is confirmed, the dog would be kept in isolation till it dies. If it does not die in 10 days, it would be handed over to an animal welfare organisation for rehabilitation.