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Carcasses of six dogs found along Cooum

CHENNAI: Several stray dogs were allegedly poisoned to death and thrown into the Cooum river near Greams Road on Friday, complained animal welfare activists. They suspect that the dogs were poisoned by alocal  authority, who wanted to ‘clean up’ the area.
“So far, we have recovered only six carcasses of dogs, the rest were thrown into the river,” said M Sai Vignesh, member, Almighty Animal Care Trust, who reached the spot after a few residents in the area informed him about the incident. Lying next to the dogs were dead crows. “They would have fed on the poisoned carcasses,” said Vignesh.
“This is the second time, in two years that such a cruel incident has come to light. Earlier, a dog was flung off a terrace.
However, the accused are out on bail and are practising medical professionals,” said animal welfare activist Anthony Ruben. P Rajasekaran, inspector of the Thousand Lights police station initially told TOI that the news of dog death was ‘fake’. But later, a complaint was lodged at the same station.
The Animal Birth Control Amendment Rules 2010, prescribed under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, prohibits killing of stray dogs and mandates that they only be removed from their place of dwelling for neutering and vaccination purposes and then be returned to the same place. The rules are also in consonance with the WHO guidelines on controlling “Mass killing of stray dogs will not make a huge difference. The vacuum will only be filled by another bunch of animals coming from another locality,” said Anthony. Only the effective implementation of the ABC programme will help control over growth of these animals and spread of rabies, he said. “The corporation is only doing it based on individual complaints, they must go to each zone and vaccinate all dogs together,” he said. Killing of an animal is a cognizable offence under sections 428 and 429 of the Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals Act. The punishment for such acts is imprisonment from two to five years or fine or both.

Date: 15 dec 2018
Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/carcasses-of-six-dogs-found-along-cooum/articleshow/67099212.cms