The Kerala Panchayat Raj (Licensing of Pigs and Dogs) Rules, 1998,

 

1.Short title and commencement.

  1. These rules may be called the Kerala Panchayat Raj (Licensing of Pigs and Dogs) Rules, 1998,
  2. They shall come into force at once.

2.Definitions. — In these rules unless the context otherwise requires, —

  • (a) 'Act' means the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (13 of 1994);
  • (b) 'Secretary' means the Secretary of a Village Panchayat.

3. Control in rearing of dogs and pigs.

  1. A Village Panchayat may decide by resolution that no person shall, from the date as may be specified, rear or keep dogs or pigs in the Village Panchayat area without a licence of the Village Panchayat and not in accordance with the conditions of the licence.
  2. The Secretary shall publish copy of the decision of the Village Panchayat under sub-rule (1) in the office of the Village Panchayat, notice boards of the Panchayats of that Village Panchayat area and in other public places and bring the decision of the Panchayat to the notice of the public by a pamphlet.
  3.  The decision of the Village Panchayat shall be intimated in the next meeting of the Gramasabhas.

4. Licence.

1.If any Village Panchayat takes a decision under Rule 3, then, every person possessing or having control of any dog and or pig shall, before the date specified in the decision, submit an application to the Secretary showing the details such as the age, colour and breed of the animal together, with a fee of rupees ten for licence from the Village Panchayat to rear or keep in possession each such animal,

 

(2) If a dog or a pig comes into the possession of a person in any way, after the date specified in the decision of the Panchayat, he shall file an application for licence regarding such dog or pig under sub-rule (1) within one month.

 

(3)The applicant shall, along with an application under sub-rule (1) or sub-rule (2), produce a certificate obtained from a veterinary surgeon certifying that the dog has been inoculated against rabies

 

* Published in Kerala Gazette No. 45 dt. 13-11-2001.

(4) The Secretary shall, along with the licence, issue a sealed metal token as an indication thereof and the owner shall keep it tied in the neck of the animal.

(5) The owner shall rear the dog or pig for which the licence has been issued in his premises itself and shall not allow it to stray and provisions shall be made in the licence accordingly.
(6) The period of a licence shall be till the end of the respective financial year and the licence shall be got renewed for the succeeding financial year before the expiry of that period by submitting application together with a fee of rupees ten.
(7) The Secretary shall keep a register containing the detail regarding the issue and renewal of licence.

5. Penalty for rearing dogs and pigs without licence and violating conditions of the licence.

  • (1) Any person rearing a dog or pig without obtaining a licence or by violating the conditions therein or by allowing it to stray shall, on conviction, be punished with fine which may extend upto two hundred and fifty rupees.
  • (2) In case the offence mentioned in sub-rule (1) is being continued, he shall, on conviction, be punished with fine which may extend upto fifty rupees for each day of such continuance.

6. Power to destroy stray dogs and pigs.

  1.  It shall be the inevitable function of every Village Panchayat to seize and destroy stray dogs and pigs
  2.  The Village Panchayat may employ specially trained persons to seize and destroy stray dogs and pigs and he shall be paid remuneration as may be fixed by the Government from time to time.
  3.  Any person obstructing the person authorised by the Village Panchayat to destroy stray dogs and pigs shall, on conviction, be punished with fine which may extend upto five hundred rupees.
Explanatory Note

(This does not form pan of the notification, but is intended to indicate its general purpose.)

Government have decided to make rules under clause (ii) of sub-section (2) of Section 254 of the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (13 of 1994) regarding the licensing of dogs and pigs and destruction of unlicensed dogs and pigs. This notification is intended to achieve the above purpose.