It is not often that residents of a society conduct a funeral procession at the death of stray dogs. But for residents of Mahadevnagar locality of Jesinghpura Juth village in the vicinity of Vadodara city, the death of 11 stray dogs – including three pups – it’s a tearful farewell on Sunday.
The stray dogs were allegedly poisoned by a resenting pig-catcher in the locality in the wee hours of Sunday who was later arrested by the Waghodia police after one of the residents lodged a complaint.
The arrested accused has been identified as Kalusinh Sardar and police said that he had confessed to have killed the dogs.
On Sunday, residents of the society woke up to a rude shock to see several of their tamed stray dogs lying lifeless around the colony. They first discovered that three dogs had eaten some meat, lying unfinished beside their corpse. As the residents panicked and began to search for their familiar strays, they realised that almost all of their dogs had been poisoned. The residents instantly suspected Sardar, a local pig-catcher, who scavenged the streets in the night to catch street boars and had previously threatened to massacre the dogs. The residents called in the Waghodia police and lodged a complaint against Sardar, while preparing for the “funeral” of their beloved stray pets.
Renuka Patel, a resident of the area, who is known for her love for animals in her locality, said, “On several occasions in the past, I protected these dogs when Sardar came into the colony to catch the pigs. I would quickly collect them inside my compound as he would get furious with dogs barking at him. He had told me he would kill the dogs one day.”
Patel, who has filed the police complaint on behalf of the society, said, “Almost all of those dogs he killed were puppies when they came into our colony. I have brought them up like my own. I used to bathe them with antiseptic solutions so that they do not get infected. They were not just ordinary strays,” Patel said.
Superintendent of Police, Vadodara (rural), Sandeep Singh, said, “The police are questioning the accused to get information about his trade. If he is found to be involved in a prohibited trade, the sections of relevant animal acts will be imposed on him after consultation with the authorities concerned.”