Raising dogs is prohibited in the holy shrine of Tirumala. TTD health department shifts any dog to Tirupati, if found in Tirumala. But violating the rule, the former chief priest of TTD, Ramana Deekshitulu is rearing 2 dogs at his house in Tirumala. He is a nature and animal lover too and he has been rearing 2 dogs, and many birds such as parrots and sparrows. His raising dogs in Tirumala is getting controversial and devotees are questioning over his violating the rule, despite being a respectable preacher.