Rules to regulate dog breeding centers are expected to be implemented soon by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The move comes after rescue centers sounded the alarm about the growing number of expensive dog breeds being abandoned by breeders and their owners if they are unable to reproduce or if they get old or need more care. .
Although the Union Government framed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules) 2017, the BBMP Council has yet to adopt them.
Priya Chetty Rajagopal, an animal activist, said many people were raising dogs in “extremely unsanitary and unsanitary conditions”. “There are shops where the dogs are kept in a 10ft by 10ft room and made to breed so the owners can make money. Dogs are abandoned the day they stop producing healthy puppies,” she said. While some dogs are abandoned, many are killed, she alleged. Sandhya Madappa, honorary secretary and administrator of the CUPA, said that over the past 10 months they had more than a dozen Saint Bernards, 20 Rottweilers, 25 Labradors, 10 pugs and eight Siberian Huskies at their centre. These included abandoned dogs as well as dogs that have been rescued. “Many of these dogs have been
abandoned by breeders because unable to reproduce. Many of them were found in poor condition. They now cover our center,” she said.
Besides breeders, she said many pet owners also give up dogs after they get older or when they need more care. CUPA, over the past few weeks, has posted messages on social media calling on people to adopt these dogs.
D. Randeep, special commissioner, BBMP, said the rules would be submitted to the board at the end of the month. “Once this is done, we will make sure to launch a licensing system so that animal welfare is taken care of,” he said.
The rules state that breeders must have a license and they also state conditions such as sufficient space and regular medical checks. The rules also state that dogs under the age of one and a half and those over the age of eight cannot be allowed to breed, and that puppies can also only be sold after they are two months old. .
Mrs. Rajagopal said that although the laws are strong, they must be effectively implemented. She said several animal activists had been fighting for several years for the creation of a national animal welfare council. The BBMP has written to the Livestock Department about this.