At least 25 stray dogs have been killed in residential neighbourhoods along the Cooum on Greams Road in Nungambakkam on Wednesday. Residents and animal rights activists have alerted the Chennai Corporation and have filed a complaint with the police on Thursday, demanding an investigation into the incident.
Local residents reported to the civic authorities that 25 dogs were missing and that many of the carcasses were found dumped in the Cooum river on Friday.
Almighty Animal Care Trust founder Sai Vignesh, who visited the spot and filed a complaint with the police, said post mortem of the animals are likely to be conducted in Vepery Government Veterinary College. “They have not yet accepted the carcasses. Blue Cross will hand over the carcasses tomorrow,” he said adding that a search for more was under way. “We have not received any information on the poison used for killing the dogs. There has been a rise in such incidents,” he said.
Mr. Vignesh said the practice of killing stray dogs was a violation of Supreme Court guidelines and punishable under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and IPC.
Sterlisation target up
According to estimates by the Corporation officials, there were about 1.85 lakh stray dogs and 3,000 licensed pet dogs in the city. The number is estimated to be lower now.
For the past few years, around 20,000 dogs have been sterilised every year, but the Corporation has now increased its annual sterilisation target. Chennai Corporation receives complaints pertaining to stray dog menace on helpline 1913 and sends teams.