Canine lovers in Maharashtra’s Pune metropolis have come to the rescue of pets, particularly canines of international breeds, who’ve been deserted by their house owners over misplaced fears of contracting coronavirus an infection from them.
Over 50 volunteers from Animal Adoption and Rescue Crew (AART) have been patrolling the streets of Pune, trying to rescue deserted pets and feeding strays throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.
“For the reason that lockdown was imposed, we’ve got seen an increase in instances of canine house owners abandoning their pets, particularly these of imported breeds akin to Dobermans, Labradors and German Shepherds,” stated Ajay Pujar, one of many volunteers.
The organisation had up to now rescued over 40 such canines from totally different elements of the town and despatched them to shelter houses within the outskirts of Pune, he stated.
Many canine house owners have been abandoning their pets over misplaced fears and misconceptions that coronavirus an infection was transmitted from animals, he stated.
“One more reason for this phenomenon is that a number of pet house owners, together with college students, have left the town due to the pandemic, leaving the animals behind,” he added.
After the lockdown was imposed, the organisation had obtained a name from a housing society, the place some college students had returned to their hometowns, leaving their two canines locked of their flat.
“We rescued the canines who have been left behind with none meals or means to outlive,” he stated.
Abandoning pets had change into a standard phenomenon throughout the well being disaster, stated Vineeta Tandon, who heads Animal Rescue Belief.
“As abandoning pets is a criminal offense, canine house owners don’t name shelter houses instantly and as an alternative go away these canines tied to gates of canine shelters or abandon them in areas the place they know strays are fed often,” she stated.
The well being ministry has clarified that coronavirus can’t be transmitted from canines and cats to people, stated Tandon, who runs a shelter house in Kharadi space.
The organisation has up to now rescued canines of 23 international breeds for the reason that lockdown, she added.