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Several stray dogs killed, activists file police complaint

G. Venkataramana Rao
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‘Some people feeding dogs food mixed with poison'

Animal lovers deposing to the police at an inquest on the culling of stray dogs in Madhuranagar Pasuputhota area in Vijayawada on Wednesday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar
Animal lovers deposing to the police at an inquest on the culling of stray dogs in Madhuranagar Pasuputhota area in Vijayawada on Wednesday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Several stray dogs were killed reportedly by poisoning and left unattended to in the 3 {+r} {+d} line of Madhuranagar Pasuputhota in the city on Wednesday. Animal rights activists on receiving information collected the carcasses of six of the dogs and filed a complaint in Five Town police station where a case was registered under provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

The practice of killing community dogs was a clear violation of Supreme Court guidelines and punishable under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and also under Indian Penal Code.

The Indian Institute of Jeevakarunyam and Research chairman M.Venkateswarlu told The Hindu that he went to Pasuputhotha on receiving information about some people feeding stray dogs food mixed with poison. On reaching the neighbourhood he found the carcasses of the dogs strewn around.

“According to information I received, one person and his wife have been feeding stray dogs food mixed with poison. Nearly 14 dogs have succumbed to the poisoning, but were able to procure the carcasses of just six dogs as evidence. They are reportedly agents of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation. The police have recorded the names of the couple,” Mr Venkateswarlu said.

On receiving a complaint from the animal rights activists, who run a shelter for injured animals, Five Town police conducted an inquest and recorded the statements of people living in the Pasuputhota area.

The activists also had to run from pillar to post for getting a post-mortem done on the carcasses. The experts of the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) refused to do the postmortem saying the dogs did not die in their jurisdiction. The postmortem was finally done at the Patamata Veterinary Dispensary which does not have the facilities for a proper autopsy. Autopsies are conducted in the ADDL as a routine on livestock for insurance purpose.

The police said that this was the first case of its kind in which a complaint was filed against the killing of stray dogs. The cause of death could be established only after the tissue samples were sent for analysis, they said.


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