The facility is not registered with the Maharashtra State Animal Welfare Board. Police and the PETA India rescue team found the young dogs, aged 1 to 1.5, in appalling conditions, including in constant cages, starving and without treatment needed for the heavy tick infestations. They also suffered from anemia.
Fearing legal action, the owner of the establishment submitted a letter of consent to the police, handing over the animals to PETA India while agreeing not to keep any other dogs at this establishment.
“We thank the Thane-Rural police for taking swift action to save these dogs,” said PETA India Veterinary Services Director Dr Rashmi Gokhale. “We urge anyone looking for a sitter for their dog to choose a trusted friend or relative, and when it is absolutely necessary to seek help from a boarding house, visit, get referrals and make everything possible to ensure that your dog does not be caged or otherwise abused, âshe added.
Senior Thane-Rural Police official Dinesh Katke led the operation at the pet boarding house, along with animal rights activists. The three rescued dogs are currently undergoing a medical examination and undergoing treatment at a veterinary unit in Mumbai. Activists said it was sad to see how lean and weak these animals were at the time of the rescue.
The constant confinement of dogs is an apparent violation of Section 11 (g) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 (PCA) and Rule 24 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules (Breeding and marketing of dogs), 2017. an offense punishable under section 11 (1) (h) of the PCA Act of not providing an animal with sufficient food, and under section 11 (1) (k) , it is a case of cruelty if someone keeps a sick animal without providing the necessary veterinary care. The 2017 rule prohibits any breeder, including a boarding school operator, from housing dogs unless such an establishment is registered with the National Council on Animal Care.
PETA India, whose motto says, in part, that “animals are not ours to be abused in any way,” urges people to stop buying puppies and kittens and adopt instead a community pet or shelter. Purebred dogs sold in pet stores and by breeders are generally deprived of proper veterinary care, proper food, exercise, affection and socialization. Because they are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits, such as long ears or a drooping back, many foreign dog breeds – including Boxers, German Shepherds, and Pugs – suffer from unusually high rates of genetic diseases and hereditary. Common illnesses found in purebred dogs include respiratory problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal deformities, and eye problems. In contrast, dogs in the Indian community are healthier and more robust.