"We do not have an estimate of pet dogs in south Delhi, and we hope our online facility would also help us to peg their number. But, we need a proper survey just like we are doing for stray dogs," Director of Veterinary Services of South Delhi Municipal Corporation, RBS Tyagi said.
"We have already made the draft proposal of the survey and it will be sent to the Finance Department for approval," he said.
"The process will take some time but by September end, we will float the tender," Mr Tyagi said.
The civic body has come up with the online registration platform for the first time using which pet-owners can get the registration done.
Launching the facility on Tuesday, South Delhi Mayor Shyam Sharma said as per section 399 of the DMC Act registration of pet dogs is mandatory for pet-owners within Delhi.
Mr Tyagi said that within minutes of filling up the form, a registration number and a unique identification number (dog token) would be generated online.
"Owners can then take a print out of the token and get it laminated. The token, would carry the name of the owner, address and the unique id given by SDMC. This would also help in identifying a dog in case it gets lost or if it bites anyone," he added.
He said applicants can submit all details online, including self-attested papers, proof of residence and anti-rabies vaccination certificates and photo of the dog with its owner.
"The registration fee would be Rs 500 which can also be submitted online," he said.
SDMC had few months ago revised the registration fee to Rs 500 from its earlier nominal fee of Rs 50.
Seeking to curb the menace of stray dogs in the national capital, SDMC began stray dog census on August 28 which would also allow it to measure the progress of the sterilisation programme.
The civic body is also set to operationalise four new sterilisation centres by next month end and has begun work on building another such large-scale facility in Dwarka.
Asked about other pets, Mr Tyagi said, "We are only registering pet dogs as cats do not come under the DMC Act purview and guines pigs fall under the ambit of wildlife."
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