Animal Activist Files Police Complaint, 3 Kalyan Pet Shop Owners Booked | Bombay News

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Mahatma Phule Police in Kalyan have booked three pet shop owners and attendants after a Mumbai animal activist filed a complaint following the fire at three pet shops that killed hundreds of pets and animals company at Rambaugh, Kalyan (W) on Wednesday.

Shashikanth Purohit, a 24-year-old animal lover from Mumbai, filed an FIR with Mahatma Phule Police Station on Wednesday evening.

“These pet shops operate without any registration or license from the authorities. The Maharashtra Animal Welfare Board is the registration authority for these pet shops. Pet shops in Kalyan have not been registered and are operating illegally,” Purohit said.

On Wednesday morning, one of the pet shops caught fire, spreading it to two other shops and killing several animals and birds on the spot. Purohit requested the medical examination of the animals and birds that managed to escape the fire.

“In my complaint, I asked the authorities to ensure that the animals and birds that had escaped from the fire were in good health. In a video that surfaced on social media, some animals and birds were seen to be still alive,” Purohit added.

According to Purohit, hundreds of animals like cats, birds, mice and guinea pigs were burned alive in this incident. They were locked inside the store without any attendants or any smoke detection or fire safety measures.

“There is a lack of regulation among these pet shops as they are allowed to run their business illegally. There are no fire safety standards followed by traders. In this case, these stores should not be allowed to operate,” Purohit added.

Based on the complaint, Mahatma Phule Police filed a case under Sections 337, 429, 289, 268, 3 and 11(1)(A) of the Indian Penal Code.


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    Sajana is a correspondent for Kalyan and has around four years’ experience covering civic and cultural issues for HT’s Thane edition.
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