HYDERABAD: In order to curb illegal dog breeding units and the marketing of puppies, Department of Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar in a tweet headed Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Veterinary and Animal The Department of Animal Husbandry (V&AH), with assistance from the police, must take action against all illegal units and shut them down if they do not follow Telangana State Animal guidelines Welfare Board (TSAWB).
Arvind Kumar blasted the GHMC for allowing illegal ranchers to operate, saying the civic body allowed them to operate illegally by placing them under the control of pet stores.
The GHMC has been ordered to send notices to all dog breeders asking them to apply for registration with the TSAWB in four weeks. Failure to register before August 15 would result in stores being closed. Arvind Kumar will also write to social media platforms asking them not to allow illegal marketing.
In a letter to GHMC DS Commissioner Lokesh Kumar, Arvind Kumar said that almost all dog breeders in the city operate illegally, without obtaining a certificate of registration from the TSAWB and also without obtaining a business license from the GHMC, and in the process, not only breaking the rules, but also putting the lives of these animals in danger. He asked the GHMC to coordinate with the V&AH department and the respective police commissioner (Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda) and issue notices to all dog breeders operating illegally to obtain registration.
Pet stores do not meet the deadline
On June 4, Arvind Kumar wrote to the GHMC Commissioner and the Director of the V&AH Department asking them to send notices to all pet stores asking them to obtain the required TSAWB registration within the next four weeks, failing which What any GHMC license, if issued, will be canceled. In addition, no pet facility should be licensed by GHMC, unless the pet facility has obtained a certificate of registration from the State Council in accordance with these rules.
However, even though four weeks have passed, the majority of pet stores operating in the Twin Cities have failed to obtain business licenses from the GHMC or even register with the TSAWB. More than 80 pet stores within the Greater Hyderabad limits do not have mandatory registration under the Animal Cruelty Prevention (Pet Stores) Rules of 2018.
Sources said no pet store approached GHMC for business licenses and that business licenses would only be issued after TSAWB’s registration letter was submitted. V&AH officials told Express that some pet stores have approached the department about registering their stores. . Teams will be formed to inspect the animal facilities, and if they meet the criteria set out in the regulations, registration will take place, and if they do not meet the criteria, the stores will be sealed in coordination with GHMC, officials added.