In yet another case of animal cruelty, three pups and their mother were poisoned at an open plot in Magarpatta near Amanora City. While, about 13 dogs managed to survive the ordeal — who have also been administered antidote along with other treatments — the dead puppies and their mother have been sent to Aundh Civil Hospital for a postmortem. The incident follows the Baner poisoning where 16 dogs succumbed and four others were burned.
The ghastly deed has once again provoked ire of animal lovers and activists, who have said that such acts are encouraged by the fact that culprits are never apprehended.
At 9 am on Saturday, citizens, who feed the dogs at the open plot, found puppies foaming from the mouth. A few of them were unconscious, but alive. Their mother laid dead a few metres away. After witnessing the scene, few animal lovers from nearby societies immediately swung into action.
A resident of one of the societies, Shilpi Luthra, who has been feeding these dogs for a year now, called up people and rushed the struggling pups to the veterinary doctor. Animal activists were called and the police too were informed.
“People have seldom threatened to kill these dogs because they bark at night. I, along with a few other residents, feed these dogs. We reasoned with them but it was in vain. When I moved to the society a year ago, the dogs were surviving on the garbage that the residents dumped into the plot. The dogs then started to die of starvation and that is when I began feeding them,” Luthra said.
Her mother, who can administer injections to animals, immediately gave the unconscious puppies an antidote for the poison and they are currently on saline.
Trustee of Tails and Trees NGO, Sandhy Tewari has expressed concern over the apathy that people have for animals. She explained that the dogs in that area were sterilised and given anti-rabies vaccination as well. A few of the puppies were up for adoption and were to be sent to their new homes on Saturday, out of which three have now died. Emphasising the need for punishment, she said, “When people do not get caught in incidents such as these and the one that took place in Baner, it results into rise of such vicious acts.
Amit Shah of Jeev Sevaa Foundation was present at the spot in the morning and was around while the Hadapsar police conducted the punchnama. He has also given a written complaint to the Hadapsar police station detailing out the incident and requesting them to take action. He informed Mirror that following the post-mortem report, which should hopefully be done by Monday, an FIR might be registered.
People have seldom threatened to kill these dogs because they bark at night. I, along with a few other residents, feed these dogs. We reasoned with them but it was in vain