30 May UP Govt. Imposes Fine if Found Without Pet License
It is now mandatory for all dog owners to get a license for their pets in Uttar Pradesh. Starting with Lucknow and soon to spread to every city in Uttar Pradesh, the government has made pet licenses mandatory for all dogs in the state.
Starting from 1st June, The Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) will go door-to-door to verify every dog’s license in a team of four. If a license is not found, the owner will be fined Rs. 5,000, and the pet may be confiscated by the authorities. The pet will be sent to the LMC dog shelter in Indira Nagar if the owner does not pay the fine.
The LMC teams will seize dogs without a license and will only release them upon the payment of the Rs. 5,000 fine. According to LMC records, out of the 4,000 pet dogs in the city, only 2,500 are licensed.
“Every pet owner is required to carry a bag to pick up their dog’s poop and dispose of it but many do not follow the rule”, said LMC Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Arvind Rao. “We get four complaints daily from neighbors of pet owners on dogs defecating outside their homes,” he added.
Once the pet survey is complete, the LMC’s plan of action is to collect stray dogs in the city. This move comes after numerous cases where stray dogs have attacked and injured children.