Pet shops raided following complaint to Union minister Maneka Gandhi

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2015 09:21 IST

Following the directions of Union minister Maneka Gandhi, a joint team of municipal corporation's (MC) animal husbandry department and People for Animals (PFA) raided three pet shops in Shastri Nagar on Friday.

A complaint about cruelty to dogs was made to Gandhi, who is an animal rights activist, and founder of the PFA.

The joint team found that the shop owners failed to maintain the records of sale and purchase of dogs. It was also found that the owners of these pet shops used to sell scheduled drugs that can't be sold without prescription of veterinary doctor.

Dr YP Singh, veterinary officer of MC, said, “They have got directions from Union minister to look into a complaint, following which the raids were conducted at pet shops.”

Singh said, “The dogs were kept in cages outside one shop, besides other violations were also found. We have prepared a report about the violations found at these shops.”

“We have issued challans to pet shop owners, and a report will be submitted by the animal husbandry department team to the authorities,” Singh said.

It was learnt that the team also gave directions to the pet shop owners to keep proper record of sale and purchase and was also warned not to sell scheduled drugs.

Sources said the violations are also being done in other areas of the city. Also the dogs are being kept inside closed shops during night time without ensuring any safety for them.

PFA president Sandeep Jain said, “The MC should create awareness and keep check that these pet shops must get registration from the MC. The breeders should be registered with Animal Welfare Board of India.”

He told that pet shops should keep record of all sales and purchase of dogs, and also keep information about the breeders.

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