Brownies of Lucknow are going home but many Indians are leaving their pet dogs tied on roads, bridges
Relaxing in his new home, five-year-old Maximus is surprised to see his cell phone camera flashing constantly to take his photo. The owners of this pet white Labrador had left him near Vrindavan Yojna Colony in Lucknow, but due to the kindness of an animal lover, he reached the shelter of an NGO in Krishna Nagar.
The same thing happened to Bruce Pai, a two-year-old brown Labrador found tied up in the urban jungle, and three-month-old Mia, a cream-yellow Labrador. Their owners did not want to keep them, and they left these Labradors—which are known to be a relatively calm breed and get along well with people—to their fate. However, they somehow managed to reach the Possum Foundation-run shelter.
The German Shepard, sitting inside the cage at Jeev Basera in Hasanganj, Lucknow, starts growling angrily at the visitors who are interfering in his privacy.
The four-year-old dog is battling an infection in his right ear and was found just a few kilometers away from the zigzag culvert area near Integral University in Lucknow. About eight days ago, a noble person saw him there and took him to the animal hospital and shelter.
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Rahul Krishna, a caretaker of the shelter said, “He only growls when someone tries to come close to him or gives him some food. When we take him out for treatment, he calms down and gets injections easily. I think he has to endure some kind of torture.
Rakhi Kishore, founder-president of Jeev Basera, told ThePrint that she had no knowledge of the dog’s owners. She also told that ever since the incident of a female pit bull brownie attacking her 82-year-old mistress Sushila Tripathi in Kaiserbagh area of Lucknow, all pet owners are leaving their friendly bred dogs here and there. . The death of Sushila Tripathi in a dog attack has raised questions about the breeds and behavior of domestic animals.
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Owners get rid of exotic breeds
About 11 km from Jeev Basera, there is a Bengali tola in Kaiserbagh area where Brownie had fatally attacked the mother of Amit Tripathi, the owner of his house on July 12. Soon after the incident, the female pit bull was handed over to the municipal corporation who took her to a dog sterilization center.
After fourteen days, the brownie, who is currently being trained for 21 days, can permanently go to her master’s house in the Bengali Tola.
However, with the incident making unexpected headlines, many people, especially in Uttar Pradesh and the National Capital Region (NCR), have abandoned their pet dogs.
All Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and American Bullies suddenly became a cause for concern and suspicion from their owners.
When ThePrint spoke to all animal centers, it was found that there has been a sudden increase in the incidents of abandonment of pit bull dogs and their owners want to get rid of their pet dogs.
Friendiko’s, one of the oldest animal shelters and hospitals with two shelters in Delhi and Gurugram, has found five pit bulls abandoned by their owners at its center since the Lucknow incident.
Tandri Kuli, Head of Adoption Program at Friendiko’s said that this incident only reflects the increasing trend of dog abandonment in NCR.
“Since the Lucknow incident, we have come across at least five pit bulls who have been abandoned by their owners for various reasons. All pit bulls are pets and none of them are strays. One of them was dropped on the Naraina flyover. One was found on a road near Bhairon temple at Pragati Maidan whose leg was crushed under a vehicle. The first one was picked up by a conscious citizen from near the Narayana flyover. This trend is becoming alarming, as we are neither in a position to shelter so many dogs nor do we have enough resources.
Significantly, a video of an abandoned pit bull sitting on Nala Road in Taimur Nagar, Delhi, went viral on Monday.
“Generally, cases of pit bulls being abandoned due to behavioral issues and skin problems have been coming to the fore even before the incident in Lucknow,” said Coolie. Earlier also some dogs of this breed were brought to our shelter.
In June, a pit bull was left outside the Friendship’s Delhi shelter with a letter tied around his neck.
It was written in the letter, ‘We are not able to bear the costly cost of its treatment. Our mother is also in the hospital. Please take care of it.’
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giving all kinds of reasons
Animal activist Kaveri Rana, who is also a member of the Wildlife and Gaushala Samiti of Gautam Budh Nagar in Noida, said that since the Lucknow incident, she has received calls from around 40-45 people from NCR and western UP, who use their pit bull, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Labradors, Beagles, etc.
He told that a family in Aligarh wanted to get rid of their one-and-a-half year old Rottweiler, whom they had brought home when he was only 40 days old.
He told, ‘When I asked the reason, he said that he was worried about the safety of his eight-month-old daughter. There is panic among pet owners especially after the Lucknow incident. I am just advising the owners of these pets not to abandon their animals and try to bring these pets back home.
About two weeks ago, another pit bull was found unclaimed in Noida’s Sector 44.
Sanjay Mohapatra, founder of the veterinary dispensary House of Stray Animals in Sector 54 Noida, said that since the Lucknow incident, he has received 50 such calls from dog owners from different states like West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka and even Kerala.
He said, ‘Earlier also people wanted to leave their Labrador, German Shepard, Siberian Husky etc. during Kovid, but after the Lucknow incident, the number has increased significantly. There are seven such abandoned dogs in my dispensary which include two pit bulls, one GSD, one Labrador, one Pomeranian and one Bhutia.
The advisory raised concerns?
Soon after the death of Sushila Tripathi, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation issued an advisory against rearing ‘aggressive’ and ‘dangerous breed’ dogs, which animal caretakers say are the same as pit bulls and other strong breeds. There has been a big reason for apprehensions about dogs.
Kamna Pandey, current member of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and former member of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), says, “The municipal corporation has issued an advisory but do the authorities have access to such pets in Lucknow? Is there any plan to maintain, care, treat and give shelter to those whose owners now want to leave out of fear?’
However, the corporation says that the advisory was not wrong.
Dr. Abhinav Verma, Veterinarian in Municipal Corporation said, ‘The advisory was written about aggressive breeds using appropriate words. (However) after the incident, such a perception was created about the pit bull because its anatomical structure and jaws are of strong type.’
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Hope remains for Brownie
However, oblivious to the events around him, Brownie may soon be declared ‘fit’ to be handed over permanently to his owner Amit Tripathi after 21 days of behavioral training.
It was handed over to Amit Tripathi on Thursday, 14 days after he was taken to the Municipal Corporation’s own van and brought to the Humane Society International (HSI)-run Dog Sterilization Center in Jarhara and currently a behavioral specialist under the instructions issued by him . Giving training.
Speaking to ThePrint, Lucknow Municipal Commissioner Inderjit Singh said the brownie would be considered fit to be handed over to its original owner after giving an affidavit as no legal case or FIR has been registered in the matter.
He said, ‘She is behaving quite normal, but questions remain about the possible reason for her behavior that day.’
Owner Amit Tripathi told ThePrint on Sunday that he wants to keep Brownie with him despite several calls from animal shelters and dog lovers to adopt the dog—all the concerns and attacks have created Brownie’s image, regardless of that.
He said, ‘I am getting calls from animal shelters and many dog lovers who want to adopt Brownie but I cannot trust such callers.’
Dr. Verma told The Print that Brownie was completely normal during her stay at the shelter and was friendly with her caretaker.
He said, ‘She knew her limits and was probably feeling that this was her new home. She looked sad when her de ella owner Amit Tripathi put her in the car boot on Thursday.
When asked about her behaviour, Verma said that she was not usually aggressive and the incident left many questions unanswered.
Experts believe that not taking the dog out for a walk could be the reason for the aggressive behavior of the brownie.
Tandrali Coolie said, ‘The brownie seems to have been deprived of all the exercise and outdoor social life, which is very important for the health of the dog. If the dog is not taken for a walk, then 21 days of training will not help.
Animal shelters resorting to counseling
Animal shelters say they are unlikely to get any respite from this news as many owners keep abandoning their pets.
Anurag Mishra, owner of a shelter home in Jaipal Kheda, said, “I have received 10-12 calls from pet owners who want to release their Rottweilers, German Shepherds but I am trying to give advice to them and their pets. I am asking them to adopt training techniques before thinking of quitting.
Mishra said that although most can be counselled, some still want to give up their pets. “We are returning such owners,” he said.
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