Knowing well that warnings coming from the municipal corporation are hollow, Chandigarh residents don’t the civic body seriously. At least, residents’ response the mayor directive to dog owners to get the pets registered within 15 days or face strict action suggests so.
Mayor Poonam Sharma had on July 14 issued a directive to dog owners to get the pets registered within 15 days, but the response had been poor as only 1,100 canines have been registered out of nearly 10,000. The mayor even announced a strict action against the dog owners, but the MC failed to issue a single challan in three months.
On an average the civic body receives nearly 10 complaints daily with regard to violation of dog bylaws, still only 169 people had been challaned in the past two years.
Four years back, Chandigarh Registration of Pet Dogs Bylaws-2010 came into force, but the authorities made little efforts to implement them in letter and spirit. There is provision of penalty for violation of bylaws under clause 14 (see box).
When contacted, mayor Poonam Sharma said, “I will speak to officers about the implementation of the orders on Wednesday. Dog owners who have not got their pets registered to date should get them registered at the earliest, 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, on an average, eight cases of dog bites are reported daily. Still, the 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.
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.
Nominated councillor Major DS Sandhu (retd) said, “There is no check on pet dogs in the city despite the fact that 50% of dog bite complaints involve pets. The claims of the MC notwithstanding, nothing has been done in this regard.”
How to get your pet registered
It is mandatory for dog owners to register each pet at the MC dog cell once the canine is four-month old. Two photographs of the dog have to be pasted on the form with the details of its age, citing colour, breed and vaccination certificate from a registered veterinary practitioner. The registration is done at the office of medical officer health, Sector 17, for which a fee of Rs 200 is charged. The owner gets a brass token, which is to be fixed to the dog’s collar.
Registration of every pet dog is a must.
Only two dogs are allowed per family.
Pet animals cannot be taken to Sukhna Lake or any public garden being maintained by the MC
Pet dogs should not be allowed to defecate in public places.
Owners need to ensure that the pet has collar affixed with a metal token issued by the registration authority.
All ferocious dogs should be muzzled and a stick has to be carried by the escort accompanying the dog while taking it out.