PMC’s pet licence directive creates confusion
Following PMC’s directive to get a licence for pets, many pet owners went to the website to register their pets only to draw a blankUpdated: Aug 25, 2018 16:10 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
Several pet owners in the city are confused about the right way to register their pets. A recent appeal made by the Pune municipal corporation (PMC) to pet owners to register their pets for licence or face stringent action, has had several pet owners try out the online link to register their pets. However, the website could not be accessed by many.
When this was pointed out to Dr Vaishali Jadhav, assistant health chief, PMC, who in an interview on August 6 had urged pet owners to register their pets, she said, “We never said that one has to register their pet online. Currently, the forms are available only at the health department in PMC, but from next week the forms will be available at all the ward offices too, so as to not cause inconvenience to the pet owners.”
Uma Karve, a pet lover and owner of Pets World who was keen on registering her dogs, said, “I went online to the web page to click on the link https://pmc.gov.in/en/register-your-pet-dog-online. It turned out to be a dead end. The webpage gives details about the documents required and a helpline number is given. When I called that number, the same information that was on the webpage was repeated and it wasn’t really helpful.”
Dr Jadhav, in her interview, had told HT that pet owners will need to compulsorily register their pets with PMC every year. She said PMC had drafted a policy with regard to keeping pet animals after receiving numerous complaints against pet owners.
According to her, many residents had registered complaints against their neighbours and their pets, especially in housing societies. PMC is planning to come up with rules to limit the number of pet animals one can have in a flat or a bungalow. Some residents are keeping a large number of pet animals in small flats, causing nuisance to others, she said.
Once finalised, the new policy will be submitted to PMC’s general body for approval. Dr Jadhav said while preparing the health and sanitation bye-laws, PMC will also make a provision for dealing with dog poop. Pet owners will need to take responsibility for disposing dog poop, failing which they would be fined.
Data released by PMC revealed that only 1,374 pets were registered till date, even though there were thousands of pets owned by city residents.
Karve said while she supported the licencing policy, what the PMC needs to do is to deal with people who keep many animals and run illegal shelters. “They should be targeted instead of those who already have pets,” she said.
First Published: Aug 25, 2018 15:47 IST