Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, August 8
The drive initiated for the registration of pet dogs in the city a month ago has received a lukewarm response, leading to the delay in the start of a dog sterilisation campaign.
The objective of the drive is to generate funds for the dog sterilisation campaign.
As many as 45 residents came to get their dogs registered with the health wing of the Municipal Corporation in the one month. The wing started registering the pet dogs in the city on July 8.
Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora and MC Commissioner Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu had inaugurated the registration desk at Civil Veterinary Hospital in Hathi Gate with pomp and show.
Of the 19,508 pet dogs, only 45 have been registered with the MC so far.
Chief Sanitary Officer Jagdeep Singh at the registration desk said, “The response is quite low than our expectation. Now, we are going to start an awareness campaign to make the public aware of the registration of pet dogs. Our staff will go in the field and encourage them to get their pet dogs registered.”
Earlier, the MC had conducted a survey and found that there are 19,508 pet dogs and around 9,698 stray dogs in the city. The MC has been charging Rs 500 as an annual registration fee for one dog.
As per the directions, the registration is compulsory to keep a pet dog in the jurisdiction of the MC.
The MC has planned to spend the money collected from the registration of pet dogs on sterilisation.
With a poor response to the registration drive, it is being expected that the start of sterilisation campaign would be delayed.
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