Amid increasing cases of the menace caused by dogs, the Noida authority has formulated a policy regarding pet animals.
According to the authority’s guidelines, pet owners must register their dogs or cats by January 31 of next year, or they will have to pay a fine. Also, in case of any mishap caused due to their pet dogs or cats, a penalty of Rs 10,000 will be imposed.
The decision was taken in the 207th board meeting of the Noida authority by the guidelines of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).
The authority approved the policy to govern the keeping of pets and feeding of strays in the wake of several instances of dog bites reported in the city.
“In Noida authority’s 207th board meeting, decisions were taken regarding the policy formulation of Noida authority for stray/pet dogs/ cats. The policy has been decided by the authority following the guidelines of the Animal Welfare Board of India for Noida region,” the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Noida authority, Ritu Maheshwari, said in a tweet.
Under the new policy, pet dog or cat registration is mandatory until January 31, 2023, or a penalty will be imposed in case of non-registration.
The sterilization or anti-rabies vaccination of pet dogs has also been made mandatory, while in case of violation, there is a provision to impose a fine of Rs 2,000 every month.
“Sterilization/anti-rabies vaccination of pet dogs has been made mandatory. In case of violation (from March 1, 2023), provision for imposition of a fine of Rs 2,000 per month,” the CEO said.
“With the consent of RWA/AOA/village residents, dog shelters will be constructed for sick/aggressive street dogs whose maintenance will be the responsibility of the concerned RWA/AOA,” the authority informed in a tweet.
It was added that the feeding place in the outdoor area would be marked where required, and the feeders/RWA /AOA would make arrangements for food and drink only.
“If a pet dog litters in a public place, it will be the responsibility of the animal owner to clean it,” it said.
The authority also said that treating the injured person or animal will be the responsibility of the pet owner.
“In case of any untoward incident due to pet dog/cat, treatment of injured person/animal will be done by the owner of the pet along with the imposition of a fine of Rs 10,000 from March 1, 2023,” it added.
The decision comes after numerous complaints and reports of dog bites in the area.