Hyderabad: Three Great Danes which were suffering from a host of health concerns after being used for illegal breeding and then abandoned at Meerpet were rescued by the volunteers of Humane Society International/India.
Volunteers of HSI/India who responded to a complaint of sick and injured dog wandering there found these three adult Great Danes in a shocking state of neglect.
Apoorva Katpatal, Cruelty Response Manager, HSI/India, said, “The owner of the dogs was carrying out illegal breeding in his backyard for a long time. Apparently, the dogs stopped breeding a couple of months ago, after showing signs of ill health. Since they were no longer commercially profitable to him, the owner abandoned them, leaving them to forage for food in the garbage”.
These dogs had never received any basic medical attention, and, given their poor condition, they cannot be expected to survive on the streets. They would eventually succumb to illness or starvation, she said.
The dogs were shifted for emergency veterinary attention, where they were diagnosed with a host of health concerns, including suspected bone cancer, open and infected sores, parasite infestation, and severe malnourishment.
NG Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India, said, “The vast majority of puppies sold in pet stores in India come from illegal breeders who raise dogs in appalling conditions. We are working to educate consumers about the benefits of adopting dogs instead of purchasing them in pet stores”.