Monday, Nov 22, 2010
BANGALORE: Residents of Venkatapura and Jakkasandra near Madiwala here woke up on Sunday to the horrific sight of more than 20 dogs, including two pets, lying dead.
The dogs were found frothing at the mouth and bleeding from the nose in the morning.
Pourakarmikas were seen attempting to load the carcasses into a garbage truck around 7.30 a.m.
Alert citizens, alleging that the carcasses were being removed clandestinely, prevented this attempt and called officials of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and police to the spot.
Dogs were found dead in Venkatapura 6th Cross and Jakkasandra 3rd Cross, even as residents found pieces of mutton and chicken allegedly laced with poison in Venkatapura 5th and 3rd Cross. While the residents claimed 27 dogs had been poisoned, the BBMP officials put the figure at 20.
“Chicken and mutton pieces were found at eight places…. We used to feel very secure with street dogs around and none of them had caused any harm to the residents here,” K. Narayan, a resident of Venkatapura who first saw pourakarmikas removing the carcasses, told The Hindu.
Guruvaya Reddy, a resident of Jakkasandra, said his pet dog ran out of the compound in the morning when he opened the gate to go out for his morning walk. It ate a chicken piece and started frothing at the mouth, he said. Though a veterinarian was called in, the effort went in vain, he added.
However, two Jakkasandra residents, Pallavi and M. Raju, were successful in rescuing two street dogs that had started showing symptoms of poisoning. Injections were administered to the dogs and they responded positively.
Mr. Narayan said the residents had seen dog catchers of the BBMP in the area about three days ago.
Meanwhile, honorary treasurer of Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) Sandhya Madappa said this was the second incident in recent months where street dogs had been poisoned. Two months ago, 40 dogs were poisoned in Hennur, she said, and added that they were yet to ascertain why the dogs had been poisoned.
Acknowledging that it was the second such incident in the city in recent months, Joint Director (Animal Husbandry) BBMP Ahmed Parvez Piran said that mutton and chicken pieces found in the areas had been sent for tests. Twelve of the dogs found dead on Sunday were sterilised, he said. Post-mortem would be conducted on the dogs, he said, and added that Madiwala police would also investigate the matter.