All you dog lovers, pet owners and pet parents, the MCG has issued a directive stating that all pet owners need a license from the MCG to keep your furry friend. The Municipal Act was set up almost a decade ago, but the implementation has been put in place only now. Taking a cue from Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon has forwarded and announced the decision keeping in mind the ignorance of pet owners regarding the up keep and maintenance of pets.
The civic officials claim to have 12 licenses already registered in the city. According to the directive, every pet with a license to it’s name, will be issued a token number bearing the details of the owner, and this token will have to remain attached to the pet at all times. In case of any irresponsibility regarding this, the pet will be taken away by the MCG and be in their possession until a license is issued by the owner…. with a fine of INR 50 per day!
The Procedure To Obtain The Pet License
- An application form from the MCG will have to be duly filled out by all pet owners.
- A certificate bearing sterilisation record will also have to be submitted along with a fee of INR 500.
- A certificate from a veterinary doctor, stating the pet’s rabies vaccination carried out, is required to be submitted.
- The license will be renewed annually.
Here Are Integrals For The Pet Owners To Keep In Mind…
- The pet owners must inform the MCG, in case of any signs of rabies seen in the pet.
- The dogs will then be treated at a veterinary facility under the MCG’s supervision.
- The pet owner will be held responsible in the event of the pet biting someone or trespassing in another’s vicinity.
- The owner will be made to bear the expenses for any damage, treatment caused by the pet.
But, do we need an authority to keep our children in check? While I condone the act in the sense of having their well being in place, I do hope my doubts about the authenticity of Veterinary care provided by the MCG, are found null and void. While this directive may keep the upbringing and treatment of pets in check, it may fall short with respect to convenience and time span of the procedure.
Considering pet license’s failure in Kolkata, due to the officials being uneducated about it, the first bridge to cross should be awareness and sensitivity among the officials being assigned for the issuing of pet licenses, and taking the procedure online.
A good initiative, sure…. But only the strength of it’s implementation will decide it’s success!