The animal husbandry department has shifted its focus on the pet shops in the city as they have dashed off a letter to the civil surgeon to direct the drug department to conduct raids at such shops to check the sale of illegal medicines.
Deputy director, animal husbandry Ludhiana, Inderjeet Singh, has requested civil surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal to do so as several pet shops have been selling the medicines for pets without having licence.
Inderjeet Singh said, "It has come to our notice that the pet shop owners sell medicines to the pet owners, which is an illegal practice. Thus to keep a tab on such shops, I have written to the civil surgeon."
The drug department, so far, has never conducted raids at the pet shops.
Drug inspector Sukhbir Chand said, "We haven't received any such direction till now but will conduct raids for sure if such an illegal practice is going on."
When asked on the quacks practicing illegally as vet doctors in the city, Inderjeet Singh said, "The vet doctors should be registered with the department. If any person comes to know about the unqualified doctors practicing, complaint should be given to us so that we can take appropriate action."