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Badly treated Domestic Dogs

14 Apr 2010 | by Michelle Kumar | Posted in: Wag News

I have seen many articles and ads for helping street dogs but there doesn't seem to be any legislation, law or even concern for dogs that are kept as pets and not treated properly.

Some of the common forms of abuse I have seen are:

Keeping them constantly tied up

Not feeding them enough or feeding them unhygenically

Leaving them alone for long periods of time without water expecially in the summer

No exercise - people keep large breed dogs even though their living space is inadequate

Constant beating and yelling

Abandoning them once they cross the puppy stage and are no longer 'cute'.

I guess there is no organisation to help this cause and Maybe like minded people should form a club and do something to raise awareness about this issue that I feel is long neglected.

Comments

DoggieDawg
There is no moral police for such people Michelle . I do feel strongly against people who mistreat there pets , abandon or do not take proper care of them .
I think the need for corrective actions must come from within . No amount of laws can make people beter human being ....

By: DoggieDawg | 19 Apr 2010

gspal
After assessing the situation that the master will not shoo the pet dog on to me, I usually rebuke the master/handler by words like 'if that is your understanding of a loyal friend then I wonder if he/she has any friends at all or I wonder how she has brought up her own kids' or offer to look for another home for the "handsome/lovely" pet if it is not wanted or I just go by whistling whenever I see the tormented pet.

By: gspal | 20 Apr 2010

gspal
As for street dogs they are best kept outside the gate. Once we had taken in one in NOIDA. Whenever, I used to come back from home late in the night, I used to see it on our gate and we used to feed it. It used to limp. One day along with my wife we both took off from our work and took it all the way to Motibagh Government Vet Hospital in New Delhi where its broken leg was put under plaster. For this reason it had to be kept indoors until its leg healed. Our Jerry used to tolerate it as it was a pup and no challenge to its authority. We named the stray pup, Piloominah. We kept it with us for about a year until it grew up and Jerry and it got along very well and played a lot in the lawn. Subsequently, it wanted to be let out to loaf on its own and to be let in for food and rest only when it pushed at the gate. Like the Lord, sitting outside the gate did not necessarily mean that it wanted to come in. If not let out of the gate, it used to become aggressive and tear things apart within the house. Jerry, our male Spitz, did not like such behaviour and started attacking Piloominah. Sadly, we had to leave it behind when we moved to another city. I do not think stray dogs can make good domesticated pets to stay within the confines of a house and be content with walks on a leash. They have a wild born-free streak in them to be allowed to do whatever they please. I have seen similar behaviour from such mongrels adopted as pets by neighbours as a cheap way out of having pets. They want to be free whole day long including nights. These dogs are only interested in the food their masters give them. If you try to train them by typing them up within the house then they are more aggressive than usual whenever they are able to slip unnoticed through an open jump the gate and attack people or other dogs.

By: gspal | 20 Apr 2010

Anil @ DoggiesDude
case of wrong upbringing. i have few Pariah at home and they blend greatly with others. I can vouch for them to be MORE loyal than Purebred ones

By: Anil @ DoggiesDude | 20 Apr 2010

Vikram
I would tend to agree with Anil. I habe seen many people who have kept pariah dogs as pets within the home and they are no less loyal and affectionate than any pedigreed dog. Neither do I see them constantly trying to escape. In fact, I wish more people would adopt strays from the street. But I do understand the fascination people have with purebred dogs and my humble suggestion is that maybe when someone keeps a pedigreed dog, at the same time they can also adopt one from the street. This would not be too much of a strain on them but save a precious life. Of course, I am well aware that this isn't always possible. I think Anil has set a great example for all of us.

By: Vikram | 20 Apr 2010

gspal
We have hell of a lot of stray canines all over Lucknow especially hanging around meat shops or in residential colonies. Those from villages and around the meat shops are tougher than their counterparts in residential colonies. They are quite a nuisance especially during their heat season. What you Vikram, Anil & Michelle may be referring to may be some special pure Indian breeds or 50:50 crossbreds with purebreds. But what I refer to as mongrels are of all hue and colour with their wild genetics going back to as old as mother earth perhaps. Their genetics compared to purebred/part purebred are as different as that between a hare and rabbit. I feel the best way to control the mushrooming population of these mongrels is to have them spayed or nutured and if that is an expensive procedure then at least have vasectomy done on males right from when they are pups. But then who will bell the cat. The vets too here are not interested in making even a paid field visit to assess a stray canine for any diseases’ that the latter may have. The municipal corporation has an easy way out by netting and putting them to sleep en masse.

By: gspal | 21 Apr 2010

Anil @ DoggiesDude
no its for the normal strays / mongrels.
Point of "who will bell the cat", just have a female spayed around your colony each month and see the changes. No NGO, etc willl do. Just gotta contribute your 1 cent. Come and see my strays in my house, kennel and other adopted on streets ( just feed them and vaccinate coz of space issue), you will know what they are like.

By: Anil @ DoggiesDude | 21 Apr 2010

Michelle Kumar
I actually agree with you all - 3 years ago my mum & sister adopted 2 female pups who had been abandoned in the middle of the road by their mother and were almost run over by a car - we intended to reunite them with the mother who didn't show up for several days and by then they were already part of the family - well-its been 3 years and Sandy and Lolly are the most loving, intelligent dogs one can hope to have.
On the other hand, I have mangy (named so because she has the disease), a street dog who decided to adopt us and turns up faithfully for her food and water everyday - she doesn't try and come into the house even though we leave the door open - she's just happy to eat and go! So I guess, just like all kinds of people, then all kinds of animals too make the world.


By: Michelle Kumar | 21 Apr 2010

DoggieDawg
I have 100% stray - Rocky. He is now 2yrs old. He is extremely lovable & intelligent dog . I have trained him to follow some basic commands like sit , paw , eat ,bang , down without much of effort (I am no trainer!) . He responds well to kindness and affection .
My husband & I work so he has been trained to stay in the house 6-7 hours alone . He is an easy traveler and he has made several trips to Chandigarh etc in the car & our friends places . He came to my house when he was about 6 months old . His parents & clan members still live in our area and are kinda scary dogs (I say this despite the fact that I am an avid stray dog lover , & have not met many unfriendly ones ) .

I also feed 2-3 dogs regularly and they are the most affectionate dogs – they are protective of me & can charge on my command. I have also been involved in getting the strays around my house sterilized with help of Friendicoes .
So my point here is absolutely any dog can be molded as per your liking as long as you do it the right way . Lot of patience , love , fairness & respect (yes respect !) must be displayed. Its not about the breed , pedigree or size of the dog but size of your heart  .
And as far as spaying is concerned why wait for others to do what you can do with a little effort , time & money! If everybody starts actively taking part in sterilization program of his/her respective area - imagine how much difference this can make in our world.

By: DoggieDawg | 22 Apr 2010

Vikram
I agree about the spaying part - each one of us should spay a female dog in the locality - the only problem is that for people like me who are not unwilling to spend the money for the vet to spay and the medicines and food there is a bigger problem - time and space. If I know correctly, a week's aftercare is required post spaying. That's where I have a problem - I have no space to keep, especially in a rented flat and office hours leave me no time either to look after the spayed bitch. Which is why even with the best of intentions I am forced to not do anything about the burgeoning population of strays where most of the pups either starve to death or are run over :-(

By: Vikram | 22 Apr 2010

Soma
Indian street dogs make excellent house pets. I have one living in harmony with my extremely temperamental Lab-Rottweilar mix and another aggressive Pomeranian-Indian street dog mix. The pure bred Indian street dog is the best of the lot, most obedient loving and docile.

By: Soma | 28 Jul 2010

gspal
Members seem to heap all non-Pedigree breeds under one label, stray/mongrel & mixed breed of unknown origin/pariah/Indog/etc. At http://indianpariahdog.blogspo t.com/ please go through the different definitions before making incorrect referrals to Indian breed of dogs.

By: gspal | 04 Oct 2010

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