12 Smuggled Pedigree Pups Rescued [News]
02 Jun 2014
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A racket involving the illegal breeding of pedigree dogs was busted recently in Navi Mumbai. 12 pedigree pups were being smuggled from Bangalore to Mumbai in a Volvo bus when the whole operation got interrupted. The rescuers were activists from an NGO called Karuna Parivar.
They received a tip-off, called the police and intercepted the bus near the Vashi toll plaza. The bus drivers, identified as Inayat Sharif and Suryanarayan Venkathapa, were arrested under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The pups were being transported in the luggage compartment of the bus in multiple boxes. When they were discovered, the pups were acutely dehydrated.
Bhavin Gathani, an activist at the NGO, said that it is a regular racket where pedigree pups are bred on the outskirts of Bangalore and then sold at high prices in other cities. The rescued breeds ranged from Rottweilers to Labradors to Beagles and Pomeranians. The pups are currently recovering at the Ahinsa animal center in Malad. Karuna Parivar was ordered by the judicial magistrate court first to take the pups under their custody and also to find them new homes.
The smuggling of dogs, and other animals for that matter, is quite a rampant activity all over the world. The most common reasons are profit from sale at exorbitant prices and the other is a strong desire to own exotic pets. Zoos are also infamous for smuggling hard-to-acquire species. In reported cases, people have been caught trying to smuggle rare spiders, frogs, reptiles and even a tiger cub in an airbag! Those caught have to pay heavy fines and also face jail-time.
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