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