In what can be termed as an inhuman act and a case of animal cruelty, more than 20 dogs were allegedly poisoned to death in Bhayandar east on Friday.
The stray dogs (pictured) are believed to have been poisoned
Speaking to mid day, animal activist and complainant in the case Shubhang Sharma alleged, “I have been feeding the stray dogs and on Friday, we found that there were around five dogs lying unconscious. They appeared to be dead. I immediately reached the Navgahar police station and registered a complaint."
It is believed that the person, who allegedly killed the dogs had mixed poison in the food offered to them. CCTV cameras installed near the boundary of the building have captured the video of the man, who fed the dogs. Investigations into the case have revealed that the person seen in the video, identified as Shamlal Badal is involved in the business of slaughtering pigs. Locals allege that he might have killed the dogs as they used to cause problem to the pigs owned by the accused.
According to Sharma, "The police have registered an FIR as per the Animal Cruelty Act and the accused was arrested on May 7 but was released on bail."
Following the incident a veterinarian was also called to the spot and the post mortem of five dogs was undertaken. Reports are awaited but the doctors suspect that it's a clear case of poisoning.
Animal welfare activist Salim Chanaria from PAWA India said, "There was a mass killing of strays in Bhayandar East a few months ago and we suspect that this accused is is involved in killing more than 50 dogs by poisoning them. The killings on Friday were done in the same pattern. This man is dangerous to society as he can do anything."
An official from the police station said, "We have registered a case against an unidentified person for killing the dogs and the investigations are on. On suspicion we have questioned a man already and have again called him for inquiry but at this point it is difficult to ascertain whether he is the same person who might have killed the dogs as the CCTV footage is not clear."