According to animal activists, pet owners encountering hurdles on this ground to rent an apartment have the country’s laws on their side. Manoj Oswal, animal welfare officer at the Animal Welfare Board of India, says: “The Animal Welfare Board has handled around 150 such cases in Pune in the last few years, where people have come to us with requests to intervene when their societies banned pets.
According to state laws, such as the Maharashtra Cooperative Housing Societies Act. there are absolutely no provisions for banning pets. A society by-law banning pets will not hold against national and state laws. In 90 per cent cases, we point this out to the society members and they immediately withdraw the ban.”
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