Posted: Date Posted – 4:58 PM, Wed – 14 Sep 22
Hyderabad: In the past month alone, videos have come to light of at least three incidents of pet dogs biting people in elevators. This has alarmed several housing companies across the country.
The rules around owning pet dogs are emphasized, now more than ever. Founder of Citizens for Animals, Prudhvi says that while cases of dog bites have been reported before, they are now receiving more attention.
“Most dogs don’t bite without triggering unless they’re rabid. In the event of a dog bite, the owner generally bears the medical costs of the person bitten. That said, housing companies and people in general should be more supportive of pet parents,” he adds.
While Section 51(g) of the constitution allows people to legally own dogs, pet dogs must be registered with the local municipality and owners are responsible for timely vaccinations.
For pet owners in Hyderabad, a pet dog license issued by the GHMC will be required. Previously, licenses were only issued to local area offices. However, it can now be obtained through a government website – https://pet.ghmc.gov.in/pl/mobile_validate
After registering on the website via your mobile number, documents such as the dog’s recent vaccination certificate, the NOC of at least two neighbors and proof of residence (electricity bill / water bill / Aadhaar / driving license) must be submitted. One can also submit the dog’s RFID or microchip number.
Upon online payment of Rs. 50 and successfully applying, it will be forwarded to the Deputy Director Veterinary Office. After verification, the license will be provided.
Another way to acquire the license is to submit an application to the assistant veterinary directors in person. “Licences are compulsory and local authorities are also quick to issue them provided you have all the necessary documents,” says Prudhvi.
Licenses also hold owners accountable and help authorities track the owner in case the dog is abandoned in the future.