The Municipal Corporation has registered 3,200 dogs in the past three years,ever since the Chandigarh Registration of Pet Dogs Bye-laws 2010 was enforced. With the population of pet dogs being more than 8,000,the number of those registered is far from target.
As per the bye-laws,all dogs four months and older have to be registered with the civic body. For this,a form is required to be submitted along with a fee of Rs 200 per dog,two recent photographs of the dog and a copy of the vaccination certificate issued by a government veterinary practitioner or veterinary practitioner duly registered with the Indian Veterinary Council or State Veterinary Council.
On registration,a metal token is issued. The registration is valid for the lifetime of the dog. As per the rules,a person cannot keep more than two dogs. A visually-impaired person keeping a dog and using it solely for his/her guidance is exempted from paying the registration fee. The bye-laws were approved in 2010,after several rounds of debate.
However,city residents have been slow in accepting the procedure. Not many come forward to get their dogs registered. While the dog bye-laws were notified three years back,making registration mandatory,this is not being done.
The civic body has challaned 379 dog owners for not getting their dogs registered. A fine of Rs 500 is imposed on the violators. With the rules not being stringent,violations are rampant.
An official of the Municipal Corporation said that awareness campaigns were held regularly to encourage residents to get their dogs registered. MC teams do conduct checks and challan violators. Over a period of time,more people have started coming forward to get their dogs registered, the official added.