Hyderabad: Special cells will be formed on priority in all the Municipalities to notify and address the dog bite cases as per the Municipal Act which the state government was firm on implementing in view of the gravity of the situation.
The Municipal Administration Department is also contemplating to make it mandatory for pet dog owners to obtain license strictly on payment of Rs 50 each.
For female dogs the owners will have to pay Rs 1000.
Registration of all the pet dogs was made mandatory and the owners were also expected to bring to the notice the delivery of their dogs and sale of their pets to others to the concerned department.
Municipalities and the panchayats have been also issued fresh directions to coordinate with the Non Government Organizations like Blue Cross Society and others to control the stray dogs’ menace.
As part of these measures, the Animal Welfare Board of India and municipalities would share the cost of conducting the sterilization operations in dogs to curb an explosion in their population.
The local municipalities and the animal protection bodies will henceforth function under a vigilance committee headed by the Municipal Commissioner for effective results to check rabies disease and to take steps to sterilize the dogs. The sterilised dogs would be released later.
Once the stray dogs have been caught and sterilised, they would be tagged for future identity.
All the above measures were being taken to exercise caution in the first place and then take steps to curb the dog menace in order to restore confidence among the people, said a government source in the Secretariat on Monday.(INN)