Amritsar, July 8
Finally, the health wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) has started registering pet dogs in the city. A desk has been set up at Civil Veterinary Hospital in Hathi Gate for the registration.
Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora and MC Commissioner Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu inaugurated the registration desk yesterday.
Former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu was invited to attend the inauguration ceremony as chief guest but she skipped the event.
Dr Raju Chowan, health officer of the MC, said, “As per the recent survey, there are 19,508 pet dogs and around 9,698 stray dogs. The MC will charge Rs 500 as an annual registration fee for one dog. It will be compulsory to keep a pet dog in the jurisdiction of the MC.”
“There will be a registration card of every dog. The veterinary wing of the MC will mention breed, colour and registration number of the dog in the card. A photograph of the dog will also displayed on the card”, said Dr Chowan.
Separate staff, including a veterinary doctor, a sanitary officer and a clerk, have been appointed for the registration desk.
Speaking at the inaugural event, Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said, “The MC had started a drive sterilising the dogs thrice in the past but it failed to continue the drive.”
He accused the NGOs working for animals’ rights of sabotaging the drive by complaining to Union Minister Maneka Gandhi.
Members of the NGOs were also present at the event and they raised questions on the functioning of the drive.
They demanded their participation in the committees made to oversee the sterilisation work.
The Mayor assured them that the MC would recognise their advice before starting the sterilisation project. “We will spend all money on sterilisation, which will be collected from the registration of pet dogs. Another drive for dog sterilisation will start soon”, added the Mayor.