Horror: 50 Innocent Stray Dogs Poisoned And Burned Alive Near Chennai
18 Jun 2016
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After the killings of stray dogs in Kolkata, India faces yet another horror. Recently villagers poisoned and burnt over 50 community dogs alive last week, in Keezhamur village in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu, 50 km from Chennai. The dogs were killed because they allegedly attacked some cattle.
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In this inhuman act of violence, the villagers imbued food with pesticides, fed the dogs and burnt the sedated canines, as reported by
Times of India.
The horrific incident came to light after a villager informed an animal activist, P Aswath, who uncovered the tragedy four days later.
“The defense is that the dogs were a threat to goats and sheep. I didn’t see any bites on the animals. But this mentality of a stray dog being a menace is not news. It’s been imbibed in our heads that the moment we see a stray dog, we either complain and make a big fuss about it or kill it,” Aswath said.
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Killing dogs in such a manner is illegal. The ABC rules formulated under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 mandates killing of only rabies-afflicted, incurably-ill or mortally-wounded dogs. Regarding “trouble-causing” dogs, the Act says, on receipt of a complaint, the animal welfare board shall take away a dog and sterilise it, before releasing it in its familiar territory.
Its sad to say but this wasn't the first time this happened. In 2012, 100 dogs were found in a dumpster in Maduravoyal after having ingested cyanide pills. Dogs from the areas of Sendurpuram, Vinayaganagar and Amman Nagar were killed and brought to nearby D.R.R Nagar, where they were buried near a neglected pond. They were apparently killed under local panchayat’s instructions.
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Its good to see that some people still believe in the benefits of taking care of a dog.
In villages, where many of these incidences are being reported, there needs to be stronger awareness, says Aswath. “Dogs help with clearing garbage, with killing rats. In villages, they work as wonderful guard dogs. They are quite essential to both rural and urban ecosystems. Our way of handling this by wiping them out is only going to hurt the ecosystem at large. If they’re dirty, leave them with the Corporation. They get tested, given a bath and neutered,” says Dinesh.
"It all starts by not calling them a menace. We need them just as much as they need us," Aswath says.
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Based on Aswath's complaint, the Melmaruvathur police registered a case and booked Murali, Muthu, Murugadoss and Jeeva, all residents of the village in the case. The four accused, Murali, Jeeva and brothers Muthu and Murugadoss (who owned the herd of cattle that the dogs allegedly attacked), have been booked under IPC Section 429 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
The days with such shameful incidents are increasing by the day, here's hoping we wake up and take action before we lose all our innocent strays to the demons of the society.