NEW DELHI: Charlie, a one-year-old Rottweiler, landed at the IGI Airport in a small dog kennel last week. But he had to wait at the airport for more than 24 hours before being deported to Istanbul from where he had flown. Because the airport authorities found out that the dog was brought illegally to India by a couple.
It is not an isolated story. Many other pets are being brought to the country with the help of tourists visiting these countries. Import of pets for breeding or any other commercial activities is not permitted in India.
Two such cases have been reported at the airport in past 10 days pointing to the fact that an international pet smuggling racket has started spreading its wings. In a customs department meeting held last week, officials discussed this new trend and requested officials not to allow pets with passengers travelling on tourist visas, which is illegal.
On Thursday, a one-and-half-year-old Greyhound, Max, was brought to Delhi from Russia in a similar fashion. He was kept for a day at the airport pet room as his owner had no documentation for bringing it to India. “The visiting Russian woman was married to an Indian. When asked, they admitted that the dog was brought here for cross-breeding. Later, the couple refused to take the pet’s responsibility,” said a senior airport official, requesting anonymity.
Last year, a notification was issued that stated: “NOC is required if someone is bringing a pet to India, but passenger will not be allowed to enter India if he/she is on a tourist visa.” Added the official: “It has been found that agents are sending pets to India with people on tourist visa. The carrier is responsible for bringing expensive pets and hand them over to buyers here. They use these pets for cross-breeding to earn money.”
papers needed to bring pets
- Apart from the owner's ticket, Visa copy/other document is required to establish continuous stay abroad for at least two years with proof of transferring the residence to India.
- Health certificate from the country of origin certifying that the dog is free from symptoms of any disease, and other vaccination record/details
- The name of owner in the health certificate must match with the name mentioned in the ticket
- Name and address of the owner in the country of origin and in the country of arrival must also be mentioned
- The declaration from the owner that the dog/cat is bonafide pet with no commercial interest, gift and breeding purpose
- Authorisation letter if owner is not approaching directly.