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Punjab and Haryana High Court stays consumer court order on confiscation of 11 banned breeds of pet dogs

On November 15, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission at Gurugram had ordered the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram to frame a policy for compensating citizens bitten or attacked by stray dogs.

“The compensation shall not be less than ₹20,000 and same may extend up to ₹2 lakh depending upon the gravity and seriousness of the injuries sustained by dog bite,” the consumer forum had directed.

The forum had noted that, the Indian government has banned the following breeds of dogs as pets: American Pit-bull Terriers, Dogo Argentino, Rottweiler, Neapolitan Mastiff, Boerboel, Presa Canario, Wolf Dog, Bandog, American Bulldog, Fila Brasileiro and Cane Corso. Calling for a ban on these breeds to be implemented, the order had stated.

“The civic body is directed to cancel all the licences, if any, issued in this regard in favour of dog owners for keeping these dogs as pets with immediate effect and take custody of all these dogs.”

It further had ordered the civic body to create public awareness of this ban order and had also directed corporation to pay ₹2 lakh to a woman who sustained deadly injuries in a dog attack.

Source: Barandbench

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