Pune: PMC Considers Stricter Pet Regulations as Licensed Canine Numbers Remain Low, Only 8,000 Registered 

Pune: PMC Considers Stricter Pet Regulations as Licensed Canine Numbers Remain Low, Only 8,000 Registered 

Pune: PMC Considers Stricter Pet Regulations as Licensed Canine Numbers Remain Low, Only 8,000 Registered 

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The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health department’s issuance of licenses for only 8,000 pet dogs despite an estimated population of over one lakh has raised concerns. Similarly, the registration number for pet cats is only 322, reflecting a significant gap. This disparity has prompted the department to contemplate implementing stricter regulations to boost registration numbers.

Dr. Sarika Punde, the chief veterinary officer at the PMC’s health department, expressed concerns about the low registration rates in an interview. She highlighted the importance of pet licenses, stating that despite the nominal annual fee of Rs 50, many pet owners neglect this essential requirement. This oversight leads to unregistered pets missing out on crucial anti-rabies vaccinations and sterilization, posing potential health risks to both the animals and the community.

Under the new central government regulations, pet owners in cities like Gurugram, Lucknow, Indore, Bengaluru, Ghaziabad, and Pune are mandated to obtain licenses for their pets. The registration process is conducted online and necessitates details such as the pet dog certificate, breed type, and veterinary medical and vaccination records. Additionally, a rabies vaccination certificate and proof of sterilization from a veterinary doctor are required for registration.It’s crucial for pet owners to adhere to the regulations set by the authorities. In Haryana, dogs without the metal token can be seized by civic health officials, with owners facing a daily fine of Rs 50 until compliance. Similarly, in Noida since March 1, 2023, pet owners must ensure their pets are vaccinated and sterilized. Failure to meet these requirements could lead to a monthly fine of Rs 2,000. Additionally, owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets in public spaces. If a pet causes harm, the owner may face a fine of Rs 10,000 and be required to cover the treatment expenses for the affected individual or animal.

The government in Haryana has introduced mandatory licensing for pet dogs due to an increase in incidents involving barking or biting dogs. Owners must provide a veterinarian’s certificate for their dogs and are limited to owning one dog per person. Additionally, dogs need to be muzzled to prevent potential attacks or bites.

The PMC health department in Pune has hinted at potentially imposing similar strict rules on pet owners. Currently, only 8,000 pet dogs and 322 pet cats are licensed in Pune, despite the actual number of pet dogs in the city exceeding one lakh. Citizens are encouraged to obtain a pet license, with a nominal fee of Rs 50 per year or Rs 500 for a 10-year period, as mentioned by Dr. Funde.

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