The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation raided pet shops in Shastri Nagar on Friday and found various violations.
The raids were held following the directions of Union Minister Maneka Gandhi. The raiding team included officials from MC, animal husbandry department and People for Animals.
The pet shop owners were found selling scheduled drugs which cannot be sold without prescriptions from vets.
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Y P Singh, veterinary officer of MC, told Ludhiana Newsline that pet shop owners had no records of sale and purchase of pets, and the dogs were kept in cages outside shops on roads under direct sun which was inhumane. The team also found that dogs were kept in cages throughout night in closed shops without any caretaker.
The MC issued challans of Rs 500 to pet shop owners under sections 323 and 343 of the Punjab Municipal Act.
Singh said that a report would be submitted by the Animal Husbandry Department team to its higher authorities.