The civic body has a record of only 1,329 pet dogs
Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Health Department is contemplating conducting a survey of pet animals in the city. According to the civic body, as not all pet owners apply for a licence, the corporation does not have the data of exact number of pets in civic limits.
Manish Naik, Medical Officer of the corporation, said, “We have only 1,329 pet dogs registered with us and we have issued licences to their owners. We charge Rs 50 per year for a licence, considering a dog’s life to be average 13-14 years. So, we charge Rs 500 one time and the validity of licence is 10 years. After registration of a dog, the owners have to renew the licence every year. We issue a licence to only pet dogs as under pet animals, we have not considered cats.”
One of the senior officials of the Health Department of the corporation said, “Only a few are aware of the law. We have found that there are cases wherein people have kept more than 10 dogs on their premises, but, they have applied for licences for only two or three dogs.
“Under the Corporation Act, there is no provision of punishment for causing a nuisance by keeping more pets. So, though people register complaints, we cannot take action against them except for sending notices to concerned person or family.”
Earlier, the Women and Child Welfare Committee had insisted on making a policy regarding pet animals in the city. However, the administration did not make such policy pointing out that as per the Municipal Corporation Act, there was no such provision.
What law says about keeping pets?
According to Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 2014, the clause for keeping and destruction of animals, mentions that no person will- (a) without the written permission of the Commissioner or otherwise than in conformity with the terms of such permission keep or allow to be kept in any part of the city any swine, horses, cattle, goats, sheep, donkeys or such other four-footed animals as the Commissioner may, from time to time, by public notice direct; (b) feed any animal, or suffer or permit any animal, to be fed or to feed, with or upon excrementitious matter, dung, stable refuse or other filthy matter; (c) keep any animal or bird on his premises so as to be a nuisance or so as to be dangerous. (2) The Commissioner may - (a) specify in the written permission the limit of the number of animals to be kept on particular premises, or (b) refuse to give or renew permission if he will be of opinion that the keeping of the animals on any premises is or is likely to be a nuisance or danger to any person or objectionable on sanitary grounds.