PETA India Rescues Two Sick and Injured Pugs Trapped Inside a Car

For Immediate Release:

3 July 2018


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Garima Jain; [email protected]

The Group Warns That Pugs Have Genetically Compromised Health and Had Urged Vodafone to Stop Using Them in Ads

Mumbai – Acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (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.

Pictures of the rescued pugs are available upon request.

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 worked quickly to rescue these sick and injured dogs from a filthy car and an overall grim situation,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Ashar. “Breeders and pet stores sell pugs and other animals to anyone willing to buy them, no matter their ability to care for the animals. Only those with the time, patience, love, resources, and genuine ability to care for dogs for their entire lives should bring them into their home – and prepared guardians should always opt to adopt from animal shelters and never buy dogs or other animals.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – 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. The group encourages 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.

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