Officials of the Kollam unit of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) on Thursday intercepted two trucks found transporting cattle in excess of the permitted limit.
SPCA technical expert B. Aravind, who headed the operation, said while one truck carried 42 cattle the other had 34. The permitted limit for the size of the two trucks intercepted is nine cattle each.
The animals were from Tamil Nadu and were being transported to a location near Attingal, according to the drivers. They were taken into custody by the Kollam East police and cases registered against them under provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1950.
Dr. Aravind said there were cows, heifers, buffaloes and calves in both the lorries. Documents seized from the lorries showed that the cattle were being taken for breeding and farm purposes.
But the condition of the animals indicated that they had been brought for slaughtering.
While the truck carrying 42 animals originated from Erode, the other was from Puliyara as per the documents. The former truck was permitted to enter the State from the Kozhippara check-post of the Animal Husbandry Department in Palakkad district and the latter through the Muthalamada check-post in the same district.
Dr. Aravind said that the overcrowding had resulted in many animals getting badly injured. One of the cows could not even stand up since its hind legs appear to have got fractured as per preliminary examinations.
Overcrowding of horned animals also causes serious bruising and many animals had such injuries.
The trucks were taken to the Asramam Maidan where the animals were unloaded and kept tethered.
The persons concerned at Attingal and Tamil Nadu have been directed to arrive here and ensure the transport of the animals as per norms.
Dr. Aravind said that arrangements were being made to provide food and water to the animals.
The SPCA team also comprised inspector Riju S and Sathyaraj.