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How to deal with harassment to pet and pet owner in society?

I have a situation where a housing society is placing a lot of unnecessary rules on a tenant / tenant's pet. I have talked to them previously about how India has specific rules about pets, and how we're falling under them, but they're response is alw... Read More

I have a situation where a housing society is placing a lot of unnecessary rules on a tenant / tenant's pet. I have talked to them previously about how India has specific rules about pets, and how we're falling under them, but they're response is always "This is a society, we follow the society's rules" or "This is India". My questions are regarding these actions: 1) People saying that you can't go to a specific part of the colony, e.g. garden, basement. 2) Your dog can poop in the society, but you need to pick it up, take it home, and flush it down. 3) Stringent rules on on-leash / off-leash. 4) Harassment to the pet owner. Is there a way to maintain my pet's rights? What can they be charged for?
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  • Answered on 02:15 PM, 17 Oct 18

The Animal Welfare Board of India has laid down certain guidelines to prevent harassment of pets and pet owners. With regards to your issue, the following guidelines are applicable: 

  1. Pets can’t be outright banned from gardens, parks and other public spaces. However, provisions can be made to adjust timings such that they don’t disturb or scare other tenants or kids, or create any inconvenience.
  2. Pet owners must ensure effective cleaning of faeces from their pets while on public premises, methods of which might be suggested by apartment associations.
  3. A ban cannot be imposed on the pets if they are duly leashed. Pets must be leashed with a leash no longer than 6 feet, to assure the passersby are safe and comfortable when walking in the vicinity of a dog. The pet owners cannot be forced to use muzzles, if not required.

However, if you still face harassment even after adhering to the guidelines by the AWBI, you can consult a lawyer in India and file a criminal discrimination complaint.

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