We asked Sindhoor Pangal, a canine behavioral consultant and the director of BHARCS in Bangalore, India, to tell us how things are going in India, another country that is experiencing stay-at-home restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is what she has to say about how the street dogs have been affected.

India has been under a rather stringent lockdown. Most shops remain closed, including most restaurants, bakeries and even several meat shops and grocery stores. Many of these establishments were significant food sources for street dogs, along with garbage dumps. There has also been a reduction in garbage generation. The net effect of all of this, along with the reduced movement of people, is a steep drop in food sources for street dogs.

Street dogs rely heavily on people’s generosity as well as their garbage. Starvation apart, the initial part of the lockdown caused a lot of…

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