Till Thursday afternoon, a van of about 6 ft x 4 ft parked inside the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) compound was packed with dogs, caught on Beach Road here on Tuesday night. For more than 40 hours, the dogs were not fed as they were being prepared for the Animal Birth Control procedure. “On Thursday noon, the animals were still in the van. They were not given food, water or shelter from the rains. They were shivering uncontrollably,” Shonar Joshi from Aurojeeva said. Two NGOs lodged a complaint with the Animal Welfare Board of India. “Immediately, AWBI secretary Uma Rani contacted the SPCA authorities. We were assured that the situation will be taken care of immediately,” said Chinny Krishna, vice chairman, AWBI.
The dogs were then removed allegedly put in kennels. “We went back and checked, but there were no dogs in any of the kennels or in the van at 5 pm,” said Shaktivel of Scan Foundation, an animal welfare activist group, told The Hindu.