Pune: The Pune District Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will issue 48 animal care travel passes, of which 40 are for stray dog feeders and eight are for the pet shop owners/breeders. A total of 600 applications were received on the district SPCA website while 250-300 of them were complete.
As reported earlier by Sakal Times, pet shop owners and dog breeders were facing issues in feeding their animals as commuting was restricted due to the lockdown in the city in the wake of COVID-19. While the stray animals were also affected due to this and they were starving. Therefore, to help them, passes have been issued.
Dr Shital Mukane, Member Secretary of Pune district SPCA and district deputy commissioner of Pune Animal Husbandry department, said, “Pune district SPCA will issue 40 passes for the stray dog feeders and these volunteers will be allowed to feed stray dogs in the area allocated to them; however, the movement to one area to another is restricted.”
He said, “We have issued eight licences to the pet shop owners/ breeders only to those breeders and pet shop owners who are registered under the Pet Shop/Breeders Registration Act. In the passes of the breeder/shop owner, the address of the shop is also mentioned so that they are allowed to commute to that destination.”
Neha Panchamiya, Committee Member of Pune District SPCA and Founder and President of RESQ Charitable Trust, said one hour would be given to the pass holders.
Stray dog feeders will be allowed to feed between 7 am and 8 am while pet shop owners and breeders are permitted from 8 am to 9 am. This is to ensure that there is not much crowd and also the police can verify their passes. They also need to take necessary precaution such as not littering around on the road and taking the necessary precautions,” she said.