An inspection by the members of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) of the premises of the Pune Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has found that many animals there are living in pathetic conditions.
"What we saw there was shocking to say the least. There was no separate arrangement for sick dogs, they were allowed to move freely with the others and the shelter was covered with excreta and urine. Also the animals that should have been euthanised were left as they were with open wounds," said inspection committee member Anuradha Sawhney.
The M.N. Mehta Veterinary Hospital manages the Pune SPCA, but the conditions in which the committee found the animals is deplorable. It emerged that the hospital was given over Rs 1, 85,000 for instituting a birth control program in the shelter, but none was evident.
Sawhney said that they recommend dissolution of the SPCA and have asked the animals to be moved to a safer shelter.