HSI rescues three Great Danes from illegal backyard breeder in Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD—Responding to a complaint of a sick and injured dog wandering in Meerpet, Humane Society International/India found three adult Great Danes in a shocking state of neglect. Upon investigation, the rescue team found out that a local man used the dogs to breed puppies, which he then sold.

Apoorva Katpatal, Cruelty Response Manager, HSI/India, said, “The owner of the dogs was carrying out illegal breeding in his backyard for a long time. Apparently, the dogs stopped breeding a couple of months ago, after showing signs of ill health. Since they were no longer commercially profitable to him, the owner abandoned them, leaving them to forage for food in the garbage. Sadly, these dogs had never received any basic medical attention, and, given their poor condition, they cannot be expected to survive on the streets. They would eventually succumb to illness or starvation.”

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HSI/India took the three Great Danes for emergency veterinary attention, where they were diagnosed with a host of health concerns, including suspected bone cancer, open and infected sores, parasite infestation, and severe malnourishment. HSI/India is committed to helping the dogs fully recover before they are transferred to groups that will place them for adoption.

N.G. Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India, said, “The vast majority of puppies sold in pet stores in India come from illegal breeders who raise dogs in appalling conditions. We are working tirelessly to educate consumers about the benefits of adopting dogs instead of purchasing them in pet stores.”

The illegal breeder has voluntarily relinquished the Great Danes, admitting his inability to care for them. He promised authorities that he will not resume dog breeding. According to residents in the area, the owner had “disposed of” seven other dogs over the past few months. In all probability, they were re-sold to another illegal breeder.

HSI/India works with local partner organisations across India to rescue animals from neglect, illegal breeding, and hoarding situations, providing treatment and care to these abused animals. HSI also campaigns for stronger dog breeding rules and works to ensure that those rules are enforced. Donate to help dogs and other animals worldwide.

Media contact: Neelam Naseeb, +91 920 5104695, nnaseeb@hsi.org