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10 stray dogs poisoned in Manipal, investigation continues1 min read

June 26, 2019 2 min read

10 stray dogs poisoned in Manipal, investigation continues1 min read

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Manipal: It is alleged that on June 22, an individual on a two-wheeler came and fed stray dogs poisoned fish, reportedly at around 9:30 PM outside Mandavi Emerald apartment complex. The poisoned fish is said to have killed eight dogs. 

Events repeated when on June 24 outside Mandavi Sovereign, two more dogs were found dead at around 4:30 PM, suspected poisoning.

On speaking to the health officer at the Municipal Office over the telephone, it was discovered that the civic body did not have anything to do with the dogs’ deaths. “Municipality has not taken any such steps. The investigation is going on,” he added.

In the carrying out of investigations, Mandavi Emerald was approached and asked for their security camera footage, but it was discovered that CCTV footage that would have shed light on the culprit didn’t exist. Babita Madhwaraj, animal rights litigator and trustee at Madhwaraj Animal Care Trust, Malpe, said, “When asked for the CCTV footage to the in-charge, they told us that the CCTV had been disconnected since the past week.”

 

A still from a circulated video of a poisoned dog dying. || Video Courtesy: Babita Madhwaraj

 

Udupi based animal welfare centre, Madhwaraj Animal Care Trust, took up the issue with the Manipal Police, reportedly filing a First Information Report (FIR) under section 428 and 429 of IPC and Karnataka Police section 93. The autopsy is expected to be done on June 26, and the officials are trying to get the result soon.

Poisoning of these stray dogs violates Section 11(1) C of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which may lead to up to two years imprisonment, a fine, or both.

 

Edited by: Disha Acharya 

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