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10 street dogs go missing: animal welfare staff, RWA at odds over issue

Animal welfare volunteers say the canines were captured at the behest of Uppal’s Southend RWA, which denies allegation

The animal welfare volunteers are at loggerheads with Uppal’s Southend Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA) on Sohna Road here over the disappearance of around ten street dogs from its premises. The volunteers have lodged an online complaint with the police alleging that the dogs were beaten up and captured at the behest of the RWA and taken to undisclosed locations in sacks.

The RWA has, however, denied that it had anything to do with the incident. RWA president Ramesh Bhardwaj said that it was a case of security lapse wherein some people from outside entered the township and took away the dogs in sacks, an argument which volunteers are not willing to buy.

The volunteers argued that the dogs were captured on Monday and Tuesday and it was difficult to believe that people from outside came to the township on two consecutive days to catch the animals without the consent of the RWA.

Janm Foundation volunteer Smita said that the RWA; the existing security agency, Dayma Security; a new security agency to be soon hired by the Uppals and the residents, who have been openly instigating matters, are responsible for it. She claimed that several children and residents were witness to the gruesome act of brutally catching the dogs and one such incident was also caught on the CCTV camera.

One of the residents, Jayati S., a freelance photographer, said that two men on a motorcycle caught Kalu, who lived on the street outside her house, on April 2. Ms. Jayati said that on being confronted, they told her that they were from the municipal corporation and had come to catch dogs at the request of the RWA. She said that she tried to confirm the same from a woman RWA member known to her, but they had driven off with the dog by then.

One of the residents informed People for Animals about this on April 2 and a call was made from the office of the NGO’s chairperson Maneka Gandhi, who is also the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, to the RWA office.

When another Janm Foundation volunteer, Meenakshi Rajagopalan, an animal rights activist, took up the matter with the RWA on Wednesday following the intervention of the PFA, the RWA lodged a complaint with Sector 50 police station and reported the street dogs missing. The police have asked the residents to share the details of the missing dogs to help it find them.

Ajay, an accountant at the Uppal’s Southend, said that street dogs was a big menace in the township and the dogs would often chase and bite people. Another resident, Jyoti Kaul, claimed that her maid was bitten by a dog sitting under a car while she was coming to work two days ago. Ms. Kaul claimed that the elderly and the children were too scared to step out of their houses, adding that the authorities needed to acknowledge the problem and find a solution to it. “It is a big menace. Mere sterilisation and vaccination are not solutions to it,” said Ms. Kaul.

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