Kannur: Less than one per cent of dog owners in Kerala have a licence to rear dogs, reveals the data released by Kerala Animal Welfare Department. Around 9 lakh dogs are reared in houses across the state, in addition to 3 lakh stray dogs.
Earlier, the Kerala High Court directed the state government to ensure that dogs are registered by the owners as per the Kerala Panchayat Raj (Licensing of Pigs and Dogs) Rules. However, the public is largely unaware of the need to register and acquire a licence. It is worth noting that a person needs to spend only Rs 50 for a licence. Additionally, dogs can be vaccinated free of cost at all Veterinary Hospitals. Once vaccinated, the owner receives a vaccination certificate.
As per Kerala Panchayat Raj (Licensing of Pigs and Dogs) Rules, the owner will be slapped with a fine which may extend up to two hundred and fifty rupees, for not obtaining a licence. The vaccination certificate issued by the veterinary hospital can be submitted to Local Self Government offices to receive a licence.