Stray menace: Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to rework bylaws on pets
A pack of stray dogs chases a rehri-puller at the Sector 17 Plaza on Monday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan
The Municipal Corporation has chosen to revise its pet ordinances in order to combat the stray dog problem, based on the Goa model. Goa is the first state in the country to be proclaimed rabies-free.
We're going to rewrite the pet bylaws. We'll add content from Goa, which has done outstanding job and is rabies-free. Bhubaneswar has also done a wonderful job with stray dogs, and we can learn from them, MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra said.
According to her, the penalty might be increased under the new paradigm, and certain dog breeds could be banned. There could also be a "zoning strategy" for taking pet dogs out. It could take a few months to draft new bylaws.
After councillors discussed the issue of dog bite cases in the city, she stated this. Sterilisation has ceased, and people are on the receiving end, stated Councillor Maheshinder Singh Sidhu. The job should be split between two agencies. There should be a plan in place to hold violent dogs in dog pounds for a few days if necessary. Pet dogs that are vicious should be prohibited.
The subject of the monkey menace was also brought up by Councillor Harpreet Kaur Babla. The monkey issue is causing havoc in many sectors, not just my ward. They even break into homes and cause a commotion. We are weary of moaning about it, so something needs to be done to regulate it, she added.