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Ban unethical, online sale of pets: City animal activists

BENGALURU: On Monday, 40-day-old Bagheera, a victim of online pet shopping, died a painful death, sparking rage among pet-lovers in the city. Anushree Thammanna, Bagheera’s parent, recalls getting a call about three weeks ago from a friend about a recently purchased, severely-ill pup needing shelter. Anushree, who offered to help immediately, was unaware that Bagheera was a victim of cruel breeding and online sale. “Every time I carried him, he would search for a nipple. He was suffering from nasal discharge, cried every hour for his mother, needed to be comforted, and fed through a feeding bottle because he wanted to suckle,” Anushree says.

It was only when she started digging into Bagheera’s details, did she find out that he was bought on Quikr for `13,000. “The vet had said Bagheera was battling canine distemper and his survival chances were slim.”Bagheera’s story has sparked outrage on social media with several other pet parents sharing their horror experiences. In fact, Bagheera was one of the reasons why CJ Memorial Trust, Bengaluru, started a petition to protest the online sale of dogs.