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The seizure of eight dogs from a South Delhi house where it is alleged they were kept in cages in "horrible conditions" has led to a row with the matter being taken to court and the owner denying charges of ill-treatment.
Together with a Delhi Police team, animal welfare organisation People for Animals (PFA) searched an East of Kailash house on November 26 and "rescued" eight dogs, claiming they had been kept there for the purpose of "illegal breeding".
The Amar Colony police registered a case under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act against the owner Dr Rajesh Singh. A senior police official said "the matter is now in the court".
The police and PFA officials said they were alerted by a neighbour who claimed the dogs — among them a St. Bernard, Mastiff, Boxer, Pug, Pomeranian and Chihuahua — were kept in a "horrible condition", and that the place had an unbearable stench of "dog pee and poo".
The neighbour, Mita Dasgupta, claimed she had approached the owner several times "to get better life conditions for the dogs".
"The dogs were rarely taken out for walks and each of them looked thin and ill-kept," Dasgupta alleged.
The PFA team led by Saurav Gupta, together with policemen from the Amar Colony police station, searched the house and "recovered about 20 cages in the house and seized eight dogs that were found in cages".
Gupta said: "The owner was running an illegal breeding centre in the house. All these dogs cost upward of Rs 40,000 each in the market."
The dogs were taken to the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital and are currently under observation. "The medical report is yet to come and will be submitted in court. Prima facie the doctors have told us that the dogs were brought in a bad condition, and two of them have had fever. The medical report will ascertain illegal breeding," Gupta said.