` 5,000 fee if you own a pet in Ghazi­abad?

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Ghazi­abad: Own­ers of pets will soon have to regis­ter them and pay fines if they don’t clean up af­ter their dog.

The Ghazi­abad Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion board met on Fri­day and passed pro­pos­als to reg­u­late pet own­er­ship. GMC asked its coun­cil­lors for sug­ges­tions on how to go about this. “A lot of things were cov­ered – from rules gov­ern­ing reg­is­tra­tion to how much fines should be charged. We left the job to an ex­pert com­mit­tee that can frame the rules that can be in­cor­po­rated in the by­laws,” said AK Mishra, a GMC officer.

The rules will come into ef­fect af­ter the GMC in­cor­po­rates them in its by­laws. While Delhi and Gur­gaon have no­ti­fied rules man­dat­ing pet reg­is­tra­tion, Noida is yet to do so.

To regis­ter as a pet owner, some for­mal­i­ties have to be taken care of. “Un­der other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, the dog’s vac­ci­na­tion card, ad­dress and in­for­ma­tion about breed have to be pro­vided. The reg­is­tra­tion fee and fine amount may be dif­fer­ent,” AK Singh, vet­eri­nary officer, GMC, said.

“There were sug­ges­tions that pet own­ers be charged Rs 5,000 for reg­is­tra­tion an­nu­ally and a fine of Rs 500 be im­posed for al­low­ing a dog to poop in the open. The com­mit­tee will study pet laws across the coun­try be­fore set­tling on the rules,” Mishra said.

If GMC fol­lows through on these pro­pos­als, the reg­is­tra­tion fee in Ghazi­abad will be much higher than in other places that have man­dated it. In Delhi, the an­nual reg­is­tra­tion fee is Rs 500 “Last year, af­ter a sim­i­lar pro­posal, I had sug­gested that it be brought down to Rs 500,” Sumedha Aiyer, a for­mer mem­ber of Peo­ple for An­i­mals, said.

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