Labrador Demand Rises After Movie Release, Experts Call Trend ‘Unhealthy’ | India News

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MANGALURU: With the release of the heartwarming movie “777 Charlie”, the city is experiencing a sudden increase in demand for Labrador dogs. Mangaluru City Police recently named their latest canine recruit Charly. The film had left Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai also in tears as he remembered his recently deceased pet dog. Prices for the breed have gone up from around Rs 9,000 to Rs 12,000 – Rs 13,000 for a male.
Animal activist and founder of Mr Rescuer Tauseef Ahmed regretted that the film had the opposite effect and that the demand for Labrador puppies skyrocketed after “777 Charlie” hit the screens. “The purpose of the film is lost when people go out and buy puppies from unethical breeders. We have received reports that breeders receive several requests specifically for Labradors. When puppies are not available locally, they are transported from other cities in inhumane conditions,” he said.
Callen D’Souza Boo Waggy Kennel said there was definitely an increase in demand for Labradors after the film’s release. The price is around Rs 12,000-Rs 13,000 for a male Labrador and Rs 8,000 for a female.
Swaroop Shetty from pets and Paws said people were definitely in an emotional zone after watching the movie, but it might take a while to determine the actual demand for Labradors in the city. He said there was a similar demand for pugs when an advertisement featuring the breed ran years ago and became a hit. “People rushed to buy pets during lockdown. Once the situation returned to normal and office work resumed, many people gave up the puppies,” he said.
Dr. Yashaswi Naravi, Veterinarian, Little Mangalore legssaid it is too early to determine demand, but a spike in demand could lead to increased inbreeding which, in turn, could lead to birth defects in dogs, he added.



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