There’s a trend in Indonesia to own breed dogs; from larger breeds such as rottweilers through to pit bulls and miniatures such as pomeranians and chihuahuas.
It is even common to see Siberian huskies and other dogs completely unsuited to tropical climates.
These dogs are expensive to buy and therefore can be a good source of income for people who run puppy mills and pet shops.
Far too often we are finding dogs that are bred and kept in appalling conditions in animal markets and pet shops where they are treated without any love, respect or care. They are simply a commodity to be sold.
We visited one Denpasar pet shop in which a variety of breed dogs are kept in the most disgusting conditions. They are all confined in cages hardly big enough for them to turn around in. They are “stored” in a dark back room and left for days on end in their own excrement.
When we asked the store owner if the dogs were vaccinated, he said yes they were for parvo and distemper but there was no need to vaccinate them against rabies as
they weren’t in close contact with other dogs.
Ignorance or disregard for animal cruelty laws and absence of regulations on breeding and selling animals is contributing to a situation that is out of control and dangerous.
Please look at these photos and think twice about buying a breed dog when there are so many amazing, healthy Bali dogs that make loyal companions.
BAWA’s education team will visit this pet shop and others in which animals are kept in inhumane conditions to teach the owners proper care for animals and about the dangers of keeping unvaccinated animals in close quarters.
We will continue to lobby government and others to close down inhumane animal markets and to strengthen and enforce Indonesia’s animal welfare laws and penalties.
Please, if you stop buying breed dogs you will help stop this this horrendous trade. Thank you.