Updated: June 7, 2021 11:56:45 pm
ANIMAL RIGHTS activists have alleged that stray dogs are being killed in Sangvi police station area, and have written a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office as well as Chief Minister’s Office urging both to direct police to take action against “mafia working overtime in the area”.
While activists alleged that several stray dogs had been killed in Sangvi area, police said they were investigating four cases in which stray dogs were found to have been killed. Sangvi police station covers areas like Old Sangvi, New Sangvi, Pimple Gurav, Pimple Saudagar, Rahatni, Vishal Nagar and Pimple Nilakh.
Activist Deepak Kamble, in his complaint sent to PMO, CMO, police commissioner and district collector among others, said, “Several stray dogs have been killed in Sangvi area from December to May. Some of them have been found to have been killed in a most brutal manner. One stray had its eyes gouged. A couple were burnt to death after being put in a sack. A dog was flung from the top floor of a building. Some were hacked to death. Some were poisoned. We have also found stray dogs whose private parts had been mutilated.”
Speaking to The Indian Express, Kamble said, “The killings have been most brutal. Our activists have brought this to the notice of the police.”
Another activist Rajashri Shirke said, “In the last six months, the killings have increased. This has been going on in Sangvi area for a few years now. Two years ago, a stray dog was found with its eyes gouged. Apparently, the dog had chased a child, which angered his family… I have six stray dogs near my house. I take care of them, but people in the neighbourhood don’t approve of it.”
Kunal Kamat, also an activist, said, “I must have come across at least 50 to 60 such murders in the last six months. When some people brought this to our notice, we had made them file FIRs.”
Local MNS leader Raju Salve said, “We have brought the killings to the notice of the police as well as the PCMC. However, we are yet to see any concrete step taken towards the issue.”
Inspector Ajay Bhosale (crime) said, “We are investigating four cases in which stray dogs have been killed. In two cases, poisoning was the cause. However, it could not be established if they were poisoned or died of food poisoning. In one case, a stray was found hacked to death. In another similar case, we have arrested one person.”
Bhosale, however, denied that several dogs had been killed in the area. “We investigate cases whenever they are brought to our notice,” he said.
Dr Arun Dagade, PCMC veterinary chief, said, “The activists have brought the matter to our notice… We will now officially give a letter to the police, requesting them to investigate the cases and inform us accordingly.”
Mayor Usha Dhore, who hails from Sangvi area, said, “I will ask the veterinary department to investigate and submit a report regarding the killings.”
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