The ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) has proposed rules that would regulate dog breeding centres in the country.
The draft rules, known as the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules, 2017) prohibit breeding, owning or housing (for breeding) of dogs and pups without registration.
The rules also prescribe requirements that registered breeders would be required to meet for breeding and housing of dogs. Further, the government had laid down conditions for medical care, age, pet shop licences, record keeping and sterilisation for sale of these dogs.
Thousands of dogs are illegally bred under deplorable conditions without proper medical care. Also unweaned puppies often less than two months of age are sold to customers without any registration or records.
Meanwhile, the government was exploring ways in which pet dogs could be used to prevent terror and crimes against women.
"In this era of terrorism, can we give special training to pet dogs so that they can take part in social awareness? If the dog gets around two to four months training and the dog gets ready..... we have got these suggestions and we will think about them," environment minister Anil Madhav Dave said today, PTI reported.
The minister said he had received a suggestion "on whether there can be a dog university". "We can think as to why only police dogs come to the locality and take care of these things (crimes). Why not trained dogs which are already present in the locality? We want to enlarge the horizon. "
Dave also suggested a role that pet animals might play in security of women and other sections of society. He pointed out that women in cities often returned home in the evening or late night. "Police have a role to play in their (women's) security. But the pet animals in the locality, if they are trained, their role will also definitely change. Then they will not remain in the house merely for the sake of it but also work as a watchdog in the locality."