Acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, PETA India rescued two pugs who had been forced to live in filth inside a car – denied the opportunity for reasonable movement and veterinary care.
The dogs were found lying in their own urine and faeces in the car, to which they were kept constantly confined, since their young owner’s parents refused to allow them inside the home. The animals were found to be suffering from serious health issues: one has a severe ear infection, and the other has a partially healed fracture in one leg. At the time of rescue, both dogs were found to be dull, depressed, and lethargic. After being warned of the legal consequences of keeping animals in such cruel and illegal conditions, the owner voluntarily surrendered them so that they could receive veterinary care and rehabilitation and pledged not to keep dogs in this way in the future. The pugs were taken to the Youth Organisation in Defence of Animals animal shelter for immediate veterinary care. The group hopes to find a caring family to adopt both dogs once they’ve regained their health and recovered from the trauma they’ve endured.
PETA India had previously urged Vodafone India, which recently ran an ad campaign featuring 30 pugs running through a village, to end the use of these and other animals in its campaigns. The company’s advertisements have popularised the breed in India, and breeders and pet stores have cashed in on the demand, forcing mother dogs to produce litter after litter until their bodies wear out.
Pugs are commonly bred with close relatives to ensure that their offspring inherit unnatural, freakish features. The puppies are sold to buyers who are unprepared to deal with the breed’s numerous physical ailments, and the dogs face physical deterioration, neglect, and death when their guardians fail to recognise medical issues, can’t afford to pay their veterinary bills, or simply opt not to deal with their health concerns – as happened in this case. Many end up being dumped on the streets or on animal-protection groups’ doorsteps: one Delhi group found four abandoned pugs in a span of just 10 days.
PETA India points out that every time someone buys a dog from a breeder or a pet store, one living on the streets or waiting in an animal shelter loses his or her chance at finding a good home. We encourage people who have the time, space, and resources to welcome a dog into their home to stay away from breeders and pet stores and adopt one from an animal shelter or rescue one from the street.
Pledge to adopt and never shop for dogs.