Over 20 stray dogs were killed after a panchayat in Kerala approved it in the wake of increasing attacks on the people. The move is likely to put the local body at odds with the state government, which had clarified last month that it had not discussed “indiscriminate killing of dogs”.
“We are doing this for the good of the people,” said BJP’s Sindhu P N, ward member, Chengamanadu Panchayat. “The decision to give the go-ahead was taken unanimously by Panchayat members cutting across party lines.” Jose Maveli, well-known philanthropist, provided the men who caught and killed dogs through asphyxiation. He was arrested on Sunday evening and later received bail.
“This will continue for a week or so until we are convinced that they don’t pose a threat,” said Sindhu. “We have also taken up measures to reduce the accumulation of waste.” The Panchayat member claimed the Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme failed in the state. “Veterinarians don’t want to perform the procedure in the absence of infrastructure. They also fear someone may file a case against them if the animal died during the process,” she said. Earlier this month, another panchayat member was booked for allegedly killing seven stray dogs.