HYDERABAD: In a fresh case of cruelty against animals, four dogs were killed while one is battling for life after allegedly being poisoned in the upscale Malaysian Township in Kukatpally.
The bodies of the dogs were found in block number 30 of the township, lying next to biscuits and chicken that are suspected to have been laced with poison.
“There is mass poisoning of dogs going on in Malaysian Township. About four dogs have died since yesterday (Sunday). Of the two dogs that were critical, one has died and many other dogs which are missing are also suspected to have died,” said Alokparna Sengupta, deputy director, Humane Society International (HSI), India.
HSI India has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information on the accused.
An FIR was lodged by one of the residents of the block who alerted the police and animal rights activists. “We found two dogs dead on Sunday. When I spoke to the floor managers of the block on Monday, they confirmed that the security in-charge and facility manager had asked them to put the food in the dustbin. The security in-charge and facility manager were present when we reached the spot on Monday,” said Varun Johar, a resident of Malaysian Township.
“I registered an FIR on Sunday evening and by the time I came back I received another call saying that more dogs were poisoned. We saw that one dog which ate the food was still alive, so we rushed him to the hospital while one dog succumbed in front of us,” said Johar.
Johar further informed that poisoning of dogs in the township is new but other forms of cruelty like abuse of dogs by beating and torturing them have been happening for quite some time.
The carcasses of two dogs which died on Sunday evening were taken by the police and GHMC for postmortem. The leftover food which the dogs ate was also sent for forensic examination.
“We are finding contaminated food samples at different places around this block of the township. Somebody from the welfare association is definitely involved in this,” Johar added.
When contacted, Nelluri Srinivasulu, president of the welfare association said, “I am out of the station and I am not aware of the incident. Some people are always feeding the dogs. I will find out about the incident and get back (sic)”.
Srinivasulu, however, remained unavailable for comment after that. “We do not know who is behind the incident. The police are investigating,” said Chokka Dasarath, general secretary of the association.
“We will get to the bottom of it and examine all CCTV footage once we get the postmortem and forensic reports,” said Laxmi Narayana, Inspector of Police, KPHB colony police station.
A case under IPC Section 429 (killing or maiming an animal) was registered.