The vicious Pitbull, Rottweiler, and Dogo Argentino breeds have been prohibited from being kept as pets by the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation due to a spate of pet dog attacks.
On Saturday, the city body released a slew of additional rules for pet owners, including the requirement that they obtain a dog licence, which will be granted starting in November, and that no family may possess more than one pet dog.
“The three breeds — Pitbull, Rottweiler and Dogo Argentino — are ferocious (khoonkhar), and no permission will be granted to keep these dogs. No licence will be issued. If somebody buys one of these, he/she will be responsible. All these three breeds have been banned in Ghaziabad,” Councilman for the GMC and BJP politician Sanjay Singh said to PTI on Sunday.
Pet owners who live in high-rise apartments must utilise service lifts to take their dogs outside and ensure that they are muzzled when in public. The decision was made in response to a number of dog bite occurrences that have been recorded in recent months from various cities’ neighbourhoods. The owners of pets must register them. According to Mayor Asha Sharma, “Sterilisation of the dogs has been declared compulsory in the board meeting of the civic body held on Saturday. Without sterilisation, certificate registration will not be granted.”
“More than 10 children suffered dog bites. A child in the Sa njay Nagar colony, Kush Tyagi, was attacked by a Pitbull and he got 150 stitches on his face. Four days later, another boy was attacked by a dog of this breed,” she said.