Thiruvananthapuram: Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and People for Animals (PFA) volunteers in the city have launched a campaign against the illegal breeding and sale of pets. This comes against the backdrop of two consecutive rescues of dogs and puppies from two illegal breeders, in Chenthitta , who claimed to be affiliated to the Kerala Kennel Club. FIAPO has registered a case against Sarath — one of the two — with Thampanoor police station.
According to FIAPO district coordinator Parvathy Mohan, the dogs in both cases were found in unhygienic conditions without adequate food or drinking water. “On Sunday, we received information about an illegal breeder operating near the Chaithanya Ayurvedic Centre in Chenthitta, and on reaching the spot, we found three female labradors and around six puppies stacked in two cages which had not been cleaned for a while. The mother dogs looked famished. The meat found on one of the plates was at least two to three days old. We immediately contacted Thampanoor police, who helped us shift the dogs to a PFA shelter,” she said.
The second recovery was from a man near Chenthitta Railway Station Road on Monday. He has been given two days to ensure a hygienic shelter for his dogs. “Waste was found around the cages. The breeder claimed that he was unaware of rules and regulations. So we have given him two days’ time to shift the two rottweilers, three pugs and a labrador with three puppies to a hygienic shelter and 30 days to procure a licence from the State Animal Welfare Board. We will register a case against this breeder as well if he fails to comply,” Parvathy said.
According to Thampanoor sub inspector Jijukumar PD, a case invoking Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules, 2017 has been registered against one of the breeders. “As per the request of the complainant, the second breeder has been given time to meet regulations. We have registered a case against Sarath. His dogs have been moved to an authorised PFA shelter in Sasthamangalam” he said.