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Updated: January 13, 2014 13:44 IST

When dogs let their guard down

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While pet owners admit to being in the wrong, they say cannot but help taking their dogs for walks. - Photo: G. Sribharath
THE HINDU While pet owners admit to being in the wrong, they say cannot but help taking their dogs for walks. - Photo: G. Sribharath

Pet dogs litter streets and footpaths with their excreta on morning walks with their masters

As the sun rises each morning, the early risers are out with their dogs for a walk in and around their localities. It is also when the animals let their guard down, and relieve themselves.

The story till now is no one else’s business, but here’s where individual canine freedom infringes on public affairs. More often than not, dog faecal matter is found on the streets and footpaths, until sweepers from the GHMC saves the denizen from the stench and sight of it.

“It is very unsavoury to see the footpath near my house getting dirty every day. People come out with their pets in the mornings, and evenings, and let them soil public spaces,” laments M. Krishank, a resident of East Marredpally, adding that the canines only make job of sweepers harder. Vishal Singh, a resident of Red Hills, concurs. There needs to be some law to deter pet-owners from letting the animals defecate in public, so that at least footpaths and roads in residential colonies are clean.

“In fact, in foreign countries, dog owners have to pick up the excreta if their pets defecate in public,” he points out.

Dog owners, however, argue that they have no other option but to take their pets out, but acceded that what they were doing was wrong.

“I can’t let my dog dirty my house, can I? Also, canines don’t dirty footpaths, as they usually defecate in mud and cover it with the same later,” said a dog-owner.

When contacted, GHMC Chief Veterinary Officer P. Venkateshwar Reddy said that while there was no rule to penalise dog-owners, the corporation does list a set of ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ during registration of pets.

“Also, pet dogs must be in their kennels, or in their owners’ homes. In case they are let out to defecate, we will act if we receive a complaint,” he mentioned.

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There are so many problems with the way pet owners bring up their dogs in India. Comparing it with the western population is only a tip of the iceberg and irrational, since most dog owners do not take the initiative to train their dogs. This includes the basic "toilet training" so that the dogs know where to defecate. Such problems from pet animals are only a small issue, since the government does not seem to do anything to control the stray animal population. Does this mean that public could complain against the council if they find a stray animal littering the roads, the same way as the government is ready to penalise dog owners? On the contrary, the council may take measures in regulating dog ownership while emphasising the need for basic training to be undertaken by the dog owners. No training, No permission to own a dog! I own a dog and I live in a western country. We trained our dog for about an year and now we have peace of mind. It's really worth it!!

from:  Dr SV
Posted on: Jan 13, 2014 at 05:34 IST
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