Avoid ferocious breeds: LMC advice for dog lovers

Lucknow After recent incidents of pet dogs biting residents in some housing corporations in the state, especially in Noida and Ghaziabad, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation has called on residents not to keep dangerous species at home.

As a reminder, in July, Sushila Tripathi, 82, was mauled to death by a pit bull in her home.

Before that, Mohammed Reza, 5, was mauled to death and his sister Jannat, 9, was bitten by a pack of street dogs in April.

Last month, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) advised residents not to keep certain ferocious dog breeds as pets because they were dangerous to the elderly and children.

Dr Arvind Rao, Director of Animal Welfare, LMC, said: ‘The notice is important as there is a history of three owners being killed by ferocious dogs in the country. This is why people should avoid keeping Mastiffs, Rottweilers, American Bulldogs, German Shepherds and Pitbulls as these dogs have a strong bite force. If they bite someone, it’s almost impossible to open their jaws unless they do it themselves.

“The Mastiff has a maximum bite force of 552 pounds per square inch (PSI) and if this dog bites someone, the bones will be crushed. Similarly, the Rottweiler has a bite force of 328 PSI, American Bulldogs have a bite force of 305 PSI, German Shepherds and Dobermans have a bite force of 238 PSI, and the Pitbull has a bite force of 235 PSI, which is enough to crush a bone,” said the veterinarian Dr. Abhinav Varma.

However, LMC officials say around 927 people have ferocious species permits, so it is the owners’ responsibility to monitor the dogs’ behavior and keep them under control.

“The LMC will soon be reaching out to these owners to see the conditions in which these fierce breeds are kept. Action would be taken against owners who are negligent and do not take care of their pets,” said Dr Abhinav Varma.