By Bridget Wood:
The Saint Bernard looks out of place. Rather than traipsing through the snow of the Swiss Alps the bedraggled hound searches for food in the dusty Indian streets. With pedigree dogs seen as the ultimate status symbol in India, they are often bought and then abandoned when the realities of caring for the animal become realised.
The relationship between the Indian people and man’s best friend is a complex one. Protection of dogs is enshrined in the Indian Constitution yet in a society already dealing with adequate challenges, is caring for the four legged friends a top priority?