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East corporation to get tough on dog breeders

The dog breeders in East Delhi will have to get license to operate in its area. In a recent survey by the corporation, it was found that several people were engaged in breeding exotic races and selling the pups for profit.  The corporation did not have a policy so far to regulate them.

‘Dog breeding is emerging as a business in Delhi. Such pet owners in Delhi prefer female dogs and are engaged in selling pups of foreign breeds on higher prices. Further, several incidents of dog bites by these pet dogs have been reported in the past and complaints are pouring in from neighbours. We are drafting a policy to regulate dog breeders in the city,’ said Sajjan Singh Yadav, Commissioner of East Delhi Municipal Corporation [EDMC].

According to the survey being done by the veternery department of the corporation, mostly middle class people living in unathorised colonies are engaged in dog breeding and lack required faciliites and also not aware about regular vaccination and other medical prerequisites of foreign breed dogs. The license fee for these dog breeders will be decided as per the breed of the dog, its sex and value in the market.

‘We will include all the dog breeders and pet owners in our policy within a year. The policy is at the draft level and will be put in the meeting of Standing Committee at the earliest,’ said Mahek Singh, Chariman of Standing Committee of EDMC. Singh reiterated that license fee for the pet dogs will not be increased. Presently, the civic body ask for a token of Rs 20 as fee from a dog owner and check the status of vaccination. The anti-rabbies vaccine available in the market provide a cover for one year, and the owners are required to produce annucal vaccination certificates, which is hardly done.

‘Besides rabbies, the pet dogs can spread several diseses that are dangerous for humans,’ said Hari Lal, Director, Viternary in EDMC.

‘The owners of foreign breed male dogs charge around Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 for fertilising a female dog,’ added Lal. According to the draft policy, the pet owners having more than two female breed dogs will be considered as dog breeders. ‘In the first stage we will request the public to get themselves registered as dog breeders failing which they will be challaned.
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