Aggressive Pitbulls Are Abandoned By Indian Pet Owners – Quartz India

More Pitbulls have been abandoned by Indians in recent weeks than ever before. Pet owners are apparently frightened by reports of people, including children and the elderly, being attacked by dogs of this aggressive breed.

The American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, and American Bully are some of the dog breeds commonly referred to as Pitbulls.

“There have been many requests for sudden Pitbull fosters. Our volunteers continue to receive calls from these dogs who were found tied to a pole or abandoned on a bad road after their owners decided not to let them live. in the house,” Nidhi Garg, who runs a non-governmental organization (NGO) for dogs in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, told Quartz.

Garg is not alone. NGOs in and around Delhi face similar situations.

“We’ve had a series of abandonments, up to five a week… Some abandoned dogs also have skin problems and maggots, and are emaciated,” Geeta Seshamani, co-founder of Friendicoes, told The Indian Express. Delhi-based Friendicoes helps abandoned animals find new homes.

In Noida, which borders Delhi, “at least 5-6 Pitbulls have been left outside by their owners…House of Stray Animals…in the past two months,” PTI reported.

Pitbull Attacks Scare Pet Owners

Multiple incidents reported in recent weeks have highlighted Pitulls’ characteristic aggressiveness.

On September 10, for example, a man walking with his mother in a park in Lucknow was attacked by a dog of the breed. A few days earlier, on September 3, a Pitbull broke free from its owner’s leash and mutilated a 10-year-old child in Ghaziabad, near Delhi.

Last month in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, a teenager was hospitalized in “critical condition” following a similar attack.

Pet dog sellers in the doldrums

Pet stores and dog breeders have seen a sharp decline in the popularity of Pitbulls in recent months.

“Until February and March, a Pitbull dog used to cost around Rs 15,000 ($189) to Rs 20,000, but now the cost has been reduced to a minimum of Rs 3,000 in some parts of the country because no one wants buy them now,” said Vishal Kumar, owner of a pet store in Uttar Pradesh.

Pit bulls were once popular, especially among those who love dogfighting. However, the aggression that is their USP has made their survival in India difficult, according to Kumar.

Others, however, disagree.

“All dogs are aggressive, it’s a matter of the level of aggression in each breed, people don’t know how to handle and handle that breed and now these poor dogs are paying the price,” Garg said.

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