India: 300 stray dogs poisoned, killed and dumped in a pit!

An animals rights activist raised concern on deaths of 300 stray dogs dumped near a lake in southern India’s Andhra Pradesh state.

Srilatha Challapalli, a treasurer of the Challapalli charitable trust and Fight for Animals activist alleges poisoning among the street in dogs by Lingapalem village authorities in an attempt to reduce their population in the area.

Challapalli claims that the local authority hired animal killers to poison the strays on 24th of July, in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district, instead of sterilizing them.

“After receiving the information, I visited the spot and found many dog carcasses. They were in a semi-decomposed state. In my inquiry I found that the Lingapalem local village officials hired some animal killers and injected the dogs with poison and killed them,” she said.

A heartbreaking scene was discovered near a lake in southern India — the bodies of 300 dogs had been cruelly disposed of in a mass grave in the village of Lingapalem. Local animal welfare activists have reason to believe that someone individually injected each of these poor pups with poison before disposing of them so callously.

Police from Dharmajigudem, a neighboring village, have already started an investigation.

But the poisonings were apparently ordered by local Lingapalem authorities themselves, so we need to make sure this investigation is thorough, accurate, and free from any corruption (?)

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These 300 dogs were actually meant to be humanely spayed or neutered, and then released. Those are India’s official government guidelines on how to deal with an overpopulation of stray dogs.

But according to Challapalli charitable trust, a local organization that works on all sorts of animal issues, Lingapalem local authorities hired “animal killers” to do away with the defenseless dogs completely, breaking with official protocol — and the law itself.

India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act makes it illegal to “beat, kick, torture, mutilate, administer an injurious substance, or cruelly kill an animal”.

But those last two points are exactly what these 300 dogs went through.

It is heartening that an investigation has already begun — police are examining the decomposing bodies of the dogs in order to determine an official cause of death, and there is evidence to suggest that the poison that probably killed them was bought from local pharmacies. But we need to remain vigilant.

If local authorities themselves informally ordered this mass animal killing, then there is no telling how deep or wide the corruption goes. Plus, many animal advocates have been saying for years that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act lacks strength in its enforcement, and historically allows abusers to slip through the cracks. Now we have even more proof that this is true.
We need to make sure this horrible incident is investigated, and all those involved — from those who ordered the killings to those who carried them out — are held accountable.

We need to make sure this horrible incident is investigated, and all those involved — from those who ordered the killings to those who carried them out — are held accountable.

Sign the petition demanding a thorough investigation into the murders of these 300 dogs, and that charges be brought accordingly!

India’s Stray Dogs

India’s stray dog population recently increased in popularity in which millions are abandoned in the streets. Although this has been a problem for the country and widely feared because some might carry rabies, most part of India’s street dogs are not aggressive and will only bite if provoked.

These homeless dogs scavenge on rubbish and garbage, which on the positive side, reduces perishable waste and lessens dangerous scavengers, such as rats and mice.

Unfortunately, many Indian citizens and officials see street dogs as a nuisance and seeks eradication methods like poisoning and beating.

Which is a why a program called animal- birth -control (ABC) took matters in hand by using a humane method in reducing street dog populations through mass spay and neuters to stop dog breeding which leads to population decline.

And I mean…Until the 1990s, India used gas or electric shocks to kill its street dogs. Twenty years ago, in search of a more humane treatment of animals, the government looked for solutions to slowly reduce the population.
The result: the ABC laws.

ABC stands for “Animal Birth Control”.
India’s street dogs should be sterilized and vaccinated against rabies, so they can no longer reproduce – the problem will go away on its own.
It just didn’t go away.

Maneka Gandhi introduced the laws back then, she was a minister, and even today the parliamentarian is something like India’s top protector of the street dogs.
She is convinced: The ABC laws work, she has found the solution to the problem with the street dogs.
“But for twenty years there has been no political will to implement the rules properly. We’re stuck at the beginning, ”says Gandhi.

Hardly any politician in India wants to invest money in the expensive program. The city of Jodhpur in northern India shows that it could work: A study from 2010 states that dogs can be reduced when between 62 and 87 percent can no longer reproduce.

But the numbers show that most city councils only sterilize a fraction of their dogs.
Poisoning and murder has always been the cheapest solution for stray animals.
And there is not much difference between the client and the perpetrator of the murder.

If no high punishment is displayed for this illegal mass extermination of the 300 dogs, the next mass murder assignment is pending, in India and everywhere.
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My best regards to all, Venus

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