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Why Dogs License?
Being the owner of the Pet, it is your responsibility that you should get your pet Licensed with the Government Municipal Corporation of your locality. Failing to do so can put you and your pet into troubles with the Law.
As per Municipal Corporation Act tax on Pet dogs has been applied and is collected by issuing Dogs licenses to respective owners. Another reason to issue and renew such licenses being Dog and Rabies goes hand in hand and getting such adorable yet unlicensed pet inside a residential complex has a risk to owners if dog bites spreads deadly rabies and one has to take 5 costly injections with the wound and pain. Yes, Not all stray dogs around and inside housing societies are vaccinated but the nearest once being the pet at home has to be vaccinated compulsory. Once ‘Medical Office Health’ MOH approves and issues the license, Your pet is safe for all.
Pet once adopted / purchased / transferred from other owner has to be vaccinated by local veterinarian doctor (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata & Ghaziabad) who will issue a certificate having complete details like doctors clinic address, pet owners address, contact details, breed, date of birth, vaccination and de-worming schedules. This card & Xerox (Photo Copy) has to be submitted along with the license application form duly filled with required details to get a license valid of next 1 year as a proof of a rabies free safe pet at home and in your housing society. Legally, No one can take any objections for your beloved family member dogs.
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Procedure for Dog License
A license tag helps animal control and shelters quickly identify your dog and get him back to you safely. If your dog is found wandering the streets, a rescue organization can easily look up your dog via its license identifying number. Dogs that are licensed tend to be kept at the shelter longer than unlicensed dogs, which are the first to be euthanized if their owners do not quickly claim them.
A dog cannot be licensed unless it is properly vaccinated. Animal control or a Good Samaritan will be much more likely to want to handle and care for your missing pup if they know that it is healthy and sans rabies.
Typically, the annual fee that you pay to license your dog helps to keep shelters running and supports the work of your local animal control. By paying to properly ID your dog, you are helping to feed and house stray dogs found on the streets within your city.
Licensed dogs are kept longer at shelters, and are less likely to be euthanized than unlicensed dogs are. If for some reason the shelter is having a hard time getting ahold of you, the shelter is more likely to be patient and keep trying.
Role of Pet owners for prevention of cruelty to animal
According to the constitution of India, an apartment should not ban the keeping of animals in an apartment and the Section 11 (3) states Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960. It is also against article 51 A (g) of the Indian Constitution wherein, it is the duty of every citizen to have compassion towards animals, living creatures and improve the natural environment.
• Owners should avoid their pets being teased by children and others. This angers the animal causing untoward instances for no fault of the animal.
• The dog owner must make sure that their pet is not causing any nuisance in the neighborhood.
• Residents keeping domestic animals or other pets shall abide by the Municipal Sanitary Bye-Laws or Regulations.
• Ensure that certain strict rules and regulations are followed so that no one is inconvenienced or affected
• Even on walks within the premises or in any other common area, the animal has to be on a leash and accompanied by the owner at all times.
• It makes sense to go through the rules of residential complexes before renting a flat.
• In an apartment block, you have scores of people walking in and out, from maids to milkman to children. It is essential to train the dogs so that they don’t get provoked on seeing neighbours and workers.
• Ensure that your pet does not become a nuisance to others
• It needs to be toilet trained and taught some amount of discipline.
• Ensure that your pet does not cause inconvenience for others.
• Ensure that your pet does not fight with others pets.
• The Dog owner must get his / her dog vaccinated against rabies regularly as per the advice of a Veterinary Surgeon.
• The Dog owner must keep his dog under control at all times and should leash while taking it out for a walk.
• Dog owners shall get their dogs regularly checked by the Veterinary Surgeons & ensure that they do not suffer from any infectious disease.
• In case of change of ownership of the dog, the Licence should be submitted to the concerned Ward Office for updating.
• Please submit all necessary documents while renewing the Licence.
• Licence should be cancelled in case of death or if the dog is lost.
• Licence Fee for the remaining period under such circumstances will not be refunded.
• Licence is not transferable. However, ownership of the said dog is transferable.
• Owners are especially requested to ensure that their dog is not a nuisance to others.
• Owners must ensure proper disposal or clean-up of their dog’s litter (poop), failure of which will be punishable as per Model Sanitation By-Laws of the Municipal Corporation Act (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata & Ghaziabad). Dog owners must carry a poop-scooper when taking their dogs out for a walk.
• If the owner does not clean up their dog’s litter, they may be fined Rs. 500 for Pet Animal Littering as per the Cleanliness and Sanitation By-Laws of the Municipal Corporation Act (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata & Ghaziabad).
• Owners will be required to keep the corporation informed of address changes and update records under the corporation every year. This includes directions to not let the dog loose in a public street or public place and always have the dog secured with a leash. The policy also states that the owner shall be responsible for all actions of the dog, including causing nuisance or harm to any person.
By Laws With Respect to Street Dogs:
• Beating and driving away street dogs is not allowed.
• Capturing street dogs for birth control or other medication related measures is allowed but they must be released back into the same locality.
• There is now law barring any Indian resident to feed stray dogs. Feeding is equated as a compassionate feeling and is highly supported by the higher courts.
• Beating street dogs comes under the animal cruelty at as is a punishable offence under Section 428 and 429 of the Indian penal code.
• Hostility or aggressive behavior that may lead pets to embrace an aggressive behavior is not allowed.
India Pet Passport & Import | Export Regulations
If you are a citizen of India wishing to travel with your pet to the country, you must have been abroad for more than two years and any short visits in India must not exceed more than 180 days during this time.
If you are a foreign national of Indian origin, you must have an OCI or PIO Card to import your pet to India.
Other Indian citizens looking to visit India on a short visa can obtain a DGFT license to bring their pet to India as long as their pet departs with them.
If you are a foreign national not of Indian origin, you must be relocating to India to work or live for a minimum of one year to import your pet.
Unaccompanied dogs and cats cannot be imported to India unless associated with their owner who is transferring residency to India. Dogs are not permitted to enter India for breeding or commercial purposes.
To enter India, your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet’s microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
For cats or dogs entering India for the purposes of a change in ownership or on a tourist visa, a License to Import issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade in India is required. For cats or dogs entering India due to a change in ownership, 30 days of quarantine in an approved quarantine facility in the originating country is required.
All pets entering into India with their owners must be issued a NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE (NOC) from the Animal Quarantine Station in India whether accompanied or unaccompanied, prior to entering India. The NOC must be applied for in person by the owner, owner’s representative or an agent.
Your dog or cat must be vaccinated for rabies at least 31 days prior to entry if not currently vaccinated. The 3 year rabies vaccination is recognized.
Dogs should be vaccinated against Distemper, Leishmaniasis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis, especially if entering India from a high-rabies country. Cats should be vaccinated against FVRCP including Feline Enteritis and Feline Pan Leukopenia between 30 days and 12 months prior to entering India.
Dogs must show no signs of any clinical sign of any disease including rabies, canine distemper, parvo virus infection, leptospirosis, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Scabies and Leishmaniasis.
Rabies Titer Test
Rabies titer tests are not required to enter India from any country.
Health Certificate & Other Forms
No more than 30 days prior to travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Veterinary Certificate for India for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms. All documents should be in English.
A declaration endorsed by a Notary Public attesting to transfer of residence is required as is a contract of employment, appointment letter.or company identification.
Pets being imported to India must be associated with their owner’s transfer of residency to the country. Dogs are not permitted to enter India for breeding or commercial purposes.
Pets imported for show or breeding purposes must have a License from the Director General of Foreign Trade.
All pets entering India under transfer of residency may be subject to 14 days of government-supervised quarantine or 30 days of home quarantine depending on the health of your pet when inspected or whether it conforms to all import regulations. Generally, if all regulations are met, then home quarantine is imposed.
All dogs and cats visiting India are not subject to any quarantine unless import regulations are not met.
Entering India by Air
Your pet can enter India in the cabin, as checked baggage (accompanied cats or dogs) at New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad or Kolkata or air cargo (unaccompanied cats and other animals) at New Delhi and Mumbai. Pets must arrive within 30 days of their owners.
Up to 2 dogs or cats can enter India per person. More than 2 pets per person can only be imported under a License from the Director General of Foreign Trade.
All dogs and cats must arrive within 30 days of their owner’s first immigration stamp as displayed on their passport after issued a proper work or spouse/dependent visa. If traveling unaccompanied, they must enter between 7 and 14 days after their owner. The owner’s original passport will be required and held until your pet clears customs.
Pets should arrive between the hours of 5:00AM and noon on Monday through Friday. It is not advisable to present your pet outside of these hours.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to India. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies or kittens are not permitted for import to India. Puppies and kittens must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 3 months of age and wait for 30 days before entering India.
India does not publish a list of banned breeds.
Within 7 days of export, dogs and cats will need a health certificate from their vet as well as an Animal Health Certificate from the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service as well as all documentation required for their destination country.
Only dogs and cats are considered as pets for purposes of import to India. Invertebrates, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits may be imported to India as air cargo with a DGFT license as long as they are not classified as endangered under CITES. If your pet is covered by CITES regulations, then it is subject to 30 days of quarantine in the originating country and will be subject to 30 days of quarantine in India. Currently, birds are not permitted for import due to Avian Influenza.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Most frequent questions and answers
YES, The residential / Housing society you stay with your dog may take objection and feel unsafe of having a un-vaccinated and Unlicensed pet dog in premise, So getting a valid Municipal Corporation Govt. license and also doing the needful for yearly renewal is very important.
• Any RWA cannot ban residents from keeping pets even by obtaining a consensus.
• The introduction of any sort of a ban on residents keeping a pet cannot be introduced even if majority is in favor of such a ban.
• There cannot be any discrimination on size of pets allowed in the housing society.
• Dog Barking is not a valid reason to impose any pet related ban.
• Any ban on keeping pets cannot be introduced even after amendment of society bye-laws and regulations.
• Banning pets is direct interference with fundamental freedom guaranteed to the citizens as per the constitution.
• Any pets and resident owners of the pets not violating any municipal law are permissible to stay in the society or community.
• Pets cannot be legally disallowed from using lifts as per previous court rulings.
• No changes can be imposed on banning of use of lifts by pets.
• Courts believe that dogs are like family and must have access to lifts in any society or community.
• RWA cannot impose any sort of special charges or fee for pets or their owners for providing lift facilities.
• Banning pets from having access to garden is short sighted and pets can show aggression in frustration.
• It is better to fix dedicated timeline allowing access to garden/parks for pets.
• The timings for access to garden or park for pets can be intimidated to the general body of the RWA.
• Pet owners can be requested to keep their pets on leash when in common areas.
• Negligent pet owners can be fined if their actions cause any trouble to other residents.
• Since there is no central law requiring cleaning of pet excreta, RWA can request pet owners to clean the same.
• RWA however cannot impose a fines or special charges on pet owners in case of pet excreta in common area or community premises.
• Pet owners must train their pets to use the same area for excreta each day without causing trouble to other residents.
Intimidation: No RWA or member can intimidate a pet owner into giving up or abandoning of his or her pet under any circumstances.
The act has a provision that a dog can be seized if the owner fails to obtain a license or renew it every year. Govt. decided to implement the act strictly. Govt. will first send notices to the owner, if he does not have a licence for the pet dog. If he still fails to get it, his dog will be seized and kept at Municipal Corporation’s animal welfare centre. It will be returned to him only after he obtains or renews the license,” said a senior civic official.
For the effective implementation of the act, Municipal Corporation Govt. have decided to appoint veterinary doctors (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata & Ghaziabad) in each of zones. They will visit housing societies in their areas to survey the pet dogs. Accordingly, notices will be sent to the owners, who have not obtained licences.
Section 3 of Pet Shop Rules, 2010 draft and lay down the terms & conditions that are to be followed while applying for licensing of a pet shop.
• No person / entity is permitted to establish and operate any commercial establishment / pet shop without obtaining a license.
• License for establishing and operating pet shop shall be granted only upon an application submitted, in prescribed format, to Animal Welfare Board of India.
• Those individuals / entities that are already carrying out the operation of pet shops prior the introduction of these rules shall obtain a license by applying within 60 days from the commencement of the rules.
• To be eligible to apply for a license, the individual should be a major (aged 18 or above). In case the person refers to corporation/company/legal association, the same shall be duly registered with the law.
• Every applicant is required to get his facilities inspected both by local authority and board. This inspection is required to ensure that facilities offered by applicant comply with the regulations, before the grant of license.
• Grant of the license will be denied under following circumstances:
- In event of the applicant failing to fulfil the requirements set up under the labels of ‘Accommodation, Infrastructure, and Housing’, ‘Minimum Space Requirements’, and, ‘General Care of Animals, Veterinary Care, and Other Operational Requirements’.
- Falsified information or manipulated accounts and instances of deliberate misrepresentation is detected in the application product by the applicant.
- The applicant, prior to the submission of application and been convicted of any offence relating to animals.
- Applicant denies permitting the inspector free access to his premises of pet shop.
- The applicant was operating a shop with possessing a license that led to seizure a dealing of the same.
The below-mentioned entities do not need a license to operate:
• A veterinary clinic/hospital
• An establishment that undertakes tasks for the betterment of animals and not engages in commercial animal trade.
• A shelter for animals operated by Animal Welfare Organisation.
Please refer http://www.aqcsindia.gov.in/import-export-of-livestock-and-livestock-products.html. The Notification No. S.O. 1495(E) and 1496(E) dated 10.06.2014 should be checked.
Yes, please refer http://www.aqcsindia.gov.in/import-export-of-livestock-and-livestock-products.html for the documents required. Advance NOC if not presented to the airlines, the pet will not be allowed to board the flight.
Please submit the changed plan documents and a revised NOC will be issued provided the official health certificate form the country of origin is still valid as per changed plans. If the certificate is not valid then you need to get a new health certificate and submit the same for revised NOC.
Pet animals can enter India through the ports of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad. After arrival owner needs to bring the animal/(s) along with the original health documents to the Quarantine Station after arrival for clinical examination/quarantine observation as the case may be. The animal/(s) will be examined clinically at the Quarantine Station for issuing Provisional Quarantine Clearance Certificate.
No, you cannot bring any other animals (parrot, hamster, rabbit, fish etc.) apart from dog and cat under baggage rule. For any other animals you need to get a DGFT license for which you can apply at firstname.lastname@example.org and http://dgft.gov.in.
When going on a short trip, AQCS export health certificate should be taken. Pet when entering India will be treated as re-import. Please check the guidelines for re-import at http://www.aqcsindia.gov.in/import-export-of-livestock-and-livestock-products.html
When taking a pet abroad form India, it is necessary to check the health conditions of importing country including testing, quarantine etc. Owner is therefore requested to please check in advance and prepare the necessary documents according to those conditions of entry. Micro-chipping of the animal is also advised keeping in view identification at destination and re-import identification. AQCS, India will help you complete those documents as per requirement. Please refer http://www.aqcsindia.gov.in/import-export-of-livestock-and-livestock-products.html.
This is a certificate issued by AQCS called as “CERTIFICATE OF HEALTH FOR EXPORT (PET ANIMALS)”.
SIP is not required for all the products under AQCS. Please refer to Gazette Notification No. S.O. 2666 (E) Dated 16.10.2014 for further information.
The testing time will vary depending on the type of test being conducted and normally results are communicated within 10 days.
A microchip is a small device for identification of animals and is inserted under the animal’s skin. These microchips are used by countries across the world and they do not affect the health of animals. These microchips are scanned by microchip scanners.