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Bengaluru civic body’s ‘one pet per flat’ rule stirs angry debate on social media

The Bengaluru civic body’s new rules regarding ownership of pet dogs has left many pet owners fuming. City residents have taken to social media to pour out their anger, calling the new by-law “absolute outrageous”.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2018 20:43 IST
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The Bengaluru civic body’s new rules regarding ownership of pet dogs has left many pet owners fuming. City residents have taken to social media to pour out their anger, calling the new by-law “absolute outrageous”.

As reported in the media, a new notification issued by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has limited the number of pet dogs residents can keep. For those living in apartments, the number has been restricted to one. On the other hand, for independent house owners, the number of pets has been limited to three.

Apart from restricting the number of pets, the civic body has issued other rules that include mandating dog owners to get licences, radio collars with embedded chips, and sterilising the pets. Failing to get a license will attract dog owners a fine of Rs 1,000. Not just that, if a pet dog is found unlicenced, the civic body can seize it, media reports suggest.

To oppose the new rules imposed by the civic body in February, dog owners have started a social media campaign called #NotWithoutMyDog to voice their reservations.

“Absolute bull! #BBMP what made you come up with such gibberish. An absolutely outrageous and abominable law passed by a bunch of highly mind-numbed folks. What happens to the dogs when they will have to be given up because of your stupid law?” twitter user Zoya Philip wrote using the hashtag.

Another Twitter user Ulhas M pointed out a loophole in the new rule, saying, “So the Bengularu civic body, in their regressive rule, has mentioned the list of dogs which residents can keep. Indian dogs are not on that list. Whereas dogs from Madagascar are on it. Pathetic.”

Beside social media campaign, some angry dog owners have started a petition against the new dog ownership rules on Change.org. The petition says, “BBMP, why punish responsible pet owners instead of backyard breeders?”

So far 8,294 people have signed and supported the petition out of 10,000, the required number.

One of many points raised in the petition says that the civic body has failed to provide clarity on using radio collars for pet dogs. “No clarity on the excellent feature of microchipping being mandatory or not. And from when? There is no information on cost, vendor, logistics, database registry nothing. How can something so important be treated in this cavalier a fashion?”