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September 4, 2015

Dog Breeder Busted in Hyderabad: Three Mudhol Hounds Rescued from Horrific Conditions

Humane Society International/India

  • Mudhol Hounds rescued from parking lot in Hyderabad, India. In the photo: HSI/India's Eva V (left) and C Samyukta (right)

Humane Society International/India rescued three Mudhol Hounds from the  Chilkur Balaji’s temple parking lot in Hyderabad where a dog breeder was keeping them in callous conditions.

Case: An anonymous caller informed HSI/India that a dog owner was keeping Mudhol hounds tied in a vacant plot used as a dump yard opposite to the parking lot of Chilkur Balaji’s temple. The breeder agreed to surrender the dogs to HSI/India. With police assistance HSI/India took an undertaking in writing from the breeder and seized the dogs.

"We are relieved these dogs are finally safe,” said Shreya Paropakari, Cruelty Response Manager for HSI/India. “The horrific conditions we encountered in today's rescue are more proof that the practice of dog breeding must be better regulated.”

Last month the Law Commission launched the ‘Need to Regulate Pet Shops and Dog Breeding and Aquarium Fish Breeding’ report recommending that the Central Government regulate the trade in pet shops and dog and aquarium fish breeding practices, and take cognizance of the issue. The recommendations were made in the wake of public outcry from animal welfare advocates across India to regulate the pet shop and breeding industry. Animal welfare organizations including HSI/India, People for Animals and Blue Cross of Hyderabad had also sought Law Commissions intervention in this matter.

The vast majority of puppies sold in pet stores in India come from illegal breeders who do not maintain hygiene or basic standards for their up keeping. Dogs are typically confined in substandard conditions and denied adequate food, veterinary care and socialization in breeder houses. As a result, mortality rate is high among these illegally bred dogs. Apart from attending rescue operations, HSI/India is working relentlessly to educate consumers to choose to adopt a dog from a shelter instead of purchasing dogs in pet stores or online or in any case where the breeding facility cannot be inspected.

Anyone who has information about illegal dog breeding can report to HSI/India’s helpline no 91-7674922044.

Media Contact: Navamita Mukherjee, nmukherjee@hsi.org