11 dog breeds banned as pets in Gurugram, court orders MCG to allow one pet per family
Amid an increase in the number of attacks on humans by pet dogs, the Gurugram District Consumer Disputes Redress Commission on Tuesday ordered the Municipal Corporation to ban 11 “foreign breeds”.
The court also asked the Society to cancel the registration granted to these prohibited breeds of dogs and take them into its custody.
11 dog breeds banned as pets
Eleven breeds have been banned, effective November 15, 2022. These are American Pit Bull Terriers, Dogo Argentino, Rottweiller, Napolitan Mastiff, Boerboel, Presa Canario, Wolf Dog, Bandog, American Bulldog, Fila Brasileiro and Cane Corso .
He added that MCG can authorize a family to keep only one dog.
Guidelines for Dog Owners in Gurugram
The court also made it compulsory to register pet dogs within one month at a fee which must not be less than Rs. 12,000 per year.
Any registered dog must wear a collar when an animal is taken to public places; his mouth must be properly covered.
Pet owners are also required to take trash bags and pluckers to maintain good hygiene and cleanliness in public places.
Compensation of Rs 2 lakh for dog attack
Tuesday’s forum order came in a complaint filed by a woman injured in a pet dog attack in August.
The incident happened on August 11 when Munni, the victim, from West Bengal, was attacked by a pet dog while on her way to work with her sister-in-law.
She had sustained serious head and facial injuries and was transferred from Gurugram Civil Hospital to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.
In the FIR recorded at the Civil Lines police station, the dog’s breed was listed as “Pitbull”. Later, the owner informed that the breed is a ‘Dogo Argentino’.
The consumer forum awarded the woman interim compensation of Rs 2 lakh.
Recover compensation from the owner
The court said that if the company wished, the amount of compensation could be recovered from the owner of the dog.
He also ordered the civic body to take the dog into custody and revoke the owner’s license with immediate effect.
“The owner of the dog had flagrantly violated the law of the land and the rules thereunder for keeping the prohibited breed of dog, namely Dogo Argentino, as a companion dog, so the MCG is set free to recover the amount of Rs 2 lakhs from the owner of the dog,” he said.
The dog’s owner had argued that since the complainant was not considered a “consumer”, the complaint was not admissible.
Ban on foreign dog breeds
In October, the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation in Uttar Pradesh banned ferocious dog breeds – Pit Bull, Rottweiler and Dogo Argentino as pets.
The Kanpur Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the Panchkula Municipal Corporation had also banned pitbull and rottweiler dog breeds as pets within the city limits.
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