Tribune News Service
Patiala, October 18
Following the recent accidents and deaths across the state due to stray animals and dog bites, the Punjab Government has invited objections to insert new bylaws according to which “the owner of every animal kept or brought within the urban local bodies, shall, on or before April 1 each year or within seven days of its arrival in the area, get the animal registered at the office of the civic body, failing which a penalty of 10 times the registration fee for such animals shall be imposed” on the owner.
On October 12, the Model Punjab Municipal (registration, proper control of stray animals and compensation to the victim of animal attack) bylaws, 2020, was notified. “After the expiry of the registration period, the owner shall apply for it within a period of 30 days, failing which a penalty of amount so fixed by the urban local body concerned shall be compounded upon the owner for renewal,” say the new laws.
The owner shall, along with the application for registration or renewal, produce before the licensing authority a certificate from a veterinary doctor that the animal was free from any infectious diseases and fit to be kept within residential/commercial premises meant for the purpose. “On registration, the owner shall get the animal tagged with a token given by the licensing authority or by any other suitable method of permanent identification as may be specified according to the type of animal, under the supervision of a veterinary