BENGALURU: REINTRODUCTION OF CONTROVERSIAL DRAFT FOR DOG OWNERS BYLAW
The Bengaluru’s civic body limits the number of dogs that can be pet in a flat and independent houses. The bylaws have made a compulsion for the dog owners asking them to fix a microchip in their pets and also to properly sterilize them.
In the year 2018, the Government had withdrawn the pet dog licensing bylaw due to the oppositions from animal lovers, even the Petitions were filed in the Karnataka High Court but they were clearly withdrawn.
After withdrawing the pet dog licensing in 2018, once again the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has come up with the idea of a newly drafted version of pet dog licensing bylaw.
The draft has already been placed for the BBMP council’s approval. As per the directives, an owner staying in a flat can’t keep more than one dog, whereas those in an independent house can keep maximum three dogs. For the time being, the rules seem to be a little more relaxed for those who rear abandon, rescue and local breed, but they must get the necessary certification from the local authorities anyhow.
Some of the Dog lover say that they are clearly unsatisfied and unhappy with the new regulations. Sandhya Madappa from Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) said, “The one dog per flat will discourage the people to adopt the pet and also discourage breeders.”
It is mandatory to get the pet dog license for a dog owner and the once who fail do get the license would call upon themselves a fine of Rs 1,000.
“The Revenue generated from the license fees and fines will be utilized in the Animal Birth Control (ABC) and Anti-Rabies Vaccination Programs for the stray dogs in the city”, says BBMP.
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