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HYDERABAD: In a bid to curb illegal dog breeding units and the marketing of puppies, Principal Secretary of Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Department Arvind Kumar in a tweet directed the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department (V&AH), with the assistance of the Police, to take action against all illegal units and shut them down, if they do not comply with Telangana State Animal guidelines Welfare Board (TSAWB).
Arvind Kumar lambasted GHMC for allowing illegal breeders to operate saying that the civic body allowed them to operate illegally by putting them under the control of pet shops.
The GHMC has been instructed to slap notices against all dog breeders asking them to apply for registration with the TSAWB in four weeks. Failure to register by August 15 would mean stores closed. Arvind Kumar will also write to social media platforms asking them not to allow illegal marketing.
In a letter to GHMC Commissioner, DS Lokesh Kumar, Arvind Kumar said that almost all dog breeders in the city are operating illegally, without obtaining registration certificate from TSAWB and also without obtaining business license from GHMC, and in the process, not only flouting the rules but also putting the lives of these animals at risk. He ordered GHMC to coordinate with the V&AH department and the respective Commissioner of Police (Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda) and issue notices to all dog breeders operating illegally to obtain registration.
Pet shops don’t meet deadlines
On June 4, Arvind Kumar had written to the Commissioner of GHMC and the Director of the V&AH Department asking them to issue notices to all pet stores asking them to obtain the required registration with the TSAWB within the next four weeks, at failing which any GHMC license, if issued, will be void. Further, no pet store should be granted a license by the GHMC unless the pet store has obtained a registration certificate from the State Board in accordance with these rules.
However, even though four weeks have passed, the majority of pet shops operating in the Twin Cities have failed to obtain business licenses from GHMC or even register with TSAWB. More than 80 pet shops within the boundaries of Greater Hyderabad do not have compulsory registration under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shops) Rules 2018.
Sources said no pet stores had approached GHMC for business licenses and said business licenses would only be issued after submission of the registration letter from TSAWB. V&AH officials told Express that some pet stores have approached the department about registering their stores. . Teams will be formed to inspect pet stores, and if they meet the criteria set out in the rules, registration will be carried out, and if they do not meet the criteria, the stores will be sealed in coordination with GHMC, the added the responsible.