After six years, the local bodies department has been reminded of implementation of animals bylaws in the MC to keep a check on the number of stray animals. The bylaws make it mandatory for cattle and pet owners to get their animals registered with the MC. The animals will be given a token number, which will be their permanent identification.
The local bodies department has sent a draft of the bylaws to the MC for their objections and finalisation of registration fee to be recovered from residents. According to the bylaws, owners will get their animals registered with the MC every April 1 and submit a certificate stating that the animal is free from diseases. The animal will be given a token, the cost of which will be borne by the owner. Registration will be valid only for one year and will be renewed next year.
The bylaws say the MC will develop a cattle pound where they will keep animals found wandering on city streets. If the animal is found with the tag and registration number, the owner will be asked to pay penalty before taking it from the cattle pound. If MC officials catch any animal straying more than twice, registration will be cancelled and penalty will be imposed on the owner.