11 Dog Breeds Threatened With Banning By Gurgaon Consumer Forum
The Gurgaon District Consumer Dispute Redress Forum on Thursday issued instructions to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) to ban pet dogs of 11 foreign breeds with immediate effect.
Ordering interim compensation of Rs 2 lakh for a woman who was seriously injured after being attacked by a pet dog in Civil Lines in Gurgaon in August, the forum said American Pit bull Terriers, Dogo Argentino, Rottweiller, Neapolitan Mastiff , Boerboel, Presa Canario, Wolf Dog, Bandog, American Bulldog, Fila Brasileiro and Cane Corso are totally banned from November 15, 2022.
“The MCG is urged to revoke all licenses, if any, issued in this regard in favor of dog owners for keeping the above-mentioned pet dogs with immediate effect and to immediately take the above-mentioned dogs into its custody,” said the forum.
The forum also directed the MCG to make registration of pet dogs compulsory from November 15, 2022, within one month and issue licenses in this regard, at a fee of at least Rs 12,000. per year with annual renewal fees. not less than Rs 10,000 per year.
“Any registered dog must wear a collar to which is attached a metal token coupled with a metal chain. The MCG is required to require that a family keep only one dog and that whenever the registered dog is taken in public places, its mouth must be properly covered with a mesh cap or otherwise…” indicates the order.
He further stated that for those who violate the above-mentioned provisions, his dog will be immediately taken into custody by the MCG and a fine “of not less than Rs 20,000 and up to Rs 2 lakh” will be imposed on the offender. and in default of the provisions, he will incur “a prison sentence of at least one month, which may go up to two years”.
The forum also ordered the MCG to take into custody with immediate effect all stray dogs within its boundaries and keep them in dog ponds or in a place maintained by the MCG near the village of Basai with the help of NGO. “For stray dogs, in case of dog bite cases, the minimum compensation shall not be less than Rs 20,000 and which may extend up to Rs 2 lakh depending on the nature and severity of injuries sustained by the victim,” he said, adding that the civic body was further instructed to develop appropriate rules in light of such instructions within three months.
While announcing compensation to the plaintiff, the forum also ordered the MCG to immediately remove custody of the dog (Dogo Argentino) from its owner and cancel its license.
The incident took place in August 2022, when a woman, Munni, who worked as a maid, was attacked by a pet dog on her way to work. She had suffered head injuries and following the incident, a FIR has been registered.
“The medical records filed show that the plaintiff had to undergo prolonged follow-up medical treatment at Safdarjung Hospital by making repeated visits…” he said, adding that since the owner had violated so blatantly the law of the land and the rules devised for keeping a banned breed (Dogo Argentino) as a pet dog, so the MCG is free to recover Rs 2 lakh from the owner of the dog if they wish.