Submitted by Editor on Tue, 2015-12-29 22:02 Bengaluru: The demand for crossbred dogs in Bengaluru has led to a burgeoning breeding industry, but unscrupulous practices and cruelty by breeders have led animal activists to cry foul. Bismi Anil, an employee with an MNC in Bengaluru, has a story to tell that would wet all animal lovers’ eyes for a while. Over the last few years, Bismi has rescued animals in distress. She recently posted on Facebook the pathetic story of a dog named Helen that has gone viral. The post was about a dog which was left on the road of the Bengaluru by a commercial breeder who abandoned Helen on roads after he found that she couldn’t conceive any longer. Helen, blind and deaf, and weakened by repeated by repeated pregnancies to o satisfy the financial greed of the dog owner, was left on the road. Bismi took Helen to her home and started nursing the ailing dog. Moved by the plight of the dog, she posted about the unscrupulous practices of the breeder on the Facebook page “Whitefield Rising” to express her anger. Here is her post. “Helen is about 10 year old female Labrador. She was abandoned near ITC colony, left to die as that is a lonely stretch of road without any food source. She was overbred and it was evident that she got abandoned as she couldn't produce any more babies. Adding to that she is blind and deaf, so she couldn't go in search of food either. Nevertheless she waited there on the spot for days, hoping her owner would come back. One of my friend who took that shortcut to work found her, tried to rescue but she refused to budge. He contacted us. Late night, me and Anil (my husband) along with Sharan (the one who found her) went there and literally carried her to our car. In addition to the blindness and deafness, she was stinking. Skin infections, ear infections, and skin and mammary gland tumours. On top of all this, she was only skin and bones. “Many friends stepped up to foster (temporarily care for her). Whitefield dog lovers came together as a community and volunteered to foster, do her vet visits (which was very frequent), provide her good home food and even to walk her. She has starved for a long time that we had to provide multiple small meals a day to help her gain the health back. “From September 26, the day she was found to Dec 26, her hair has grown back. Eyes, ears cleared up a lot, her weight increased to 30 kg, her hair got shine and above all that she learned to enjoy and have a good life now. We still have to work on the tumour issues but she has learned to live again. She loves going out for walks and in fact can even run. She knows her way through the house, knows when we reach home after work and knows how even to play with my dogs...” Well, for one Helen rescued, there must be several like her, abandoned and dying, thanks to the greed of the breeders. Is it not time that the authorities woke up to animal rights, and frame rules to keep in check such callous treatment of animals that can’t speak?