Do I have to clean up after my dog in India?

Do I have to clean up after my dog in India?


Over the last year, their has been a large increase in the amount of people carrying pooper-scoopers, or newspaper to clean up after their dogs. This should have reduced the amount of dog droppings in the street, but no, that remains. One of the possible causes is the stray dogs, who have no one to clean up after them other than BMC sweepers, and, with brooms, it’s hard to clean up dog poop, so it ends up staying.


Mumbai: The BMC had said in 2018 that it will now be mandatory to carry pooper-scoopers, or other methods of cleaning up after your dog, and you can be fined ₹500 for not having some way to clean up. To be clear, you get fined for not having a way to clean up, not failing to clean up.


Times of India: Under the solid waste management by-laws 2018, which have been notified by Delhi government, littering by pet animals is prohibited under Section 13(1) and the responsibility to promptly scoop/clean up litter created by pet in public space lies with the owner. However, the Rs 500 fine has failed to deter pet owners from making a mess on roads.

Jaiveer Talwar

Animal lover, web developer, foodie and photographer. I have written over 115 articles in the field of pets.

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