Guwahati, Oct. 3: There might be hope yet for Matt Too and his friends in Guwahati’s pet shops.
Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has assured stringent action against pet shops that do not adhere to guidelines under the GMC Act and also promised to regulate a “defaulter” shop on Rajgarh Road that has been keeping a sick pup for a few months now.
The Telegraph had reported in its October 2 edition how the Labrador pup was languishing in the pet store. Since a stretch of Rajgarh Road was flooded till late this evening, neither the shop owner Tapan Haloi nor the pup were accessible.
“We will take stringent action against all defaulters. Under the GMC Act, 1971, we have taken action in the past to regulate business establishments in Guwahati. On inquiry, we learnt that this particular pet shop (North East Aquorium) does not have a trade licence. Our veterinary officers will be visiting the shop tomorrow to confirm the same and necessary action will be taken against the owner,” GMC commissioner S. Vishwanathan told The Telegraph today.
A trade licence is issued after checking all credentials. “We treat such shops as business establishments. Before issuing a trade licence, we check whether the shop has requisite infrastructure. We also inform people in the neighbourhood and ask them if they have any objections,” he said.
The Animal Welfare Board of India, too, has sprung into action. “We have always monitored the pet shops and intervened whenever we found something amiss. There have been several complaints about this particular shop. After learning that the Labrador pup was in such a poor state, I will tell my volunteers to bring it to our shelter home for treatment,” Sangita Goswami, a board member, said.
The GMC, along with the animal welfare board are authorised to regulate pet shops. Several pet shops have come up in the past few years here with a majority of them not registered with the corporation. Almost every locality has one or two pet shops.