Pho­tos of dogs be­ing dragged with hooks in Akola go vi­ral

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Manka.Behl @times­

Nag­pur: Pic­tures of an­i­mal cru­elty in Akola dis­trict are go­ing vi­ral on so­cial me­dia for the past few weeks, an­ger­ing an­i­mal ac­tivists. The pic­tures show bleed­ing dogs be­ing dragged with metal hooks at­tached to their necks, while lo­cals claim many dog deaths are go­ing un­re­ported.

An Akola res­i­dent re­cently posted on Face­book, claim­ing the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion was be­hind the cru­elty, of which the “com­mis­sioner was aware”.

“The dogs are lured with food. Their legs are tied and they are dragged us­ing a metal hook and dumped into a van,” he wrote, adding that he wit­nessed 40 dogs be­ing taken away in this man­ner. Akola mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ajay La­hane said, “Till now, I haven’t re­ceived any such com­plaint.” Lo­cals al­leged mass culling of strays, mainly by pig breed­ers. “Af­ter the beef ban, de­mand for pork has gone up. As strays at­tack piglets, breed­ers are killing them. About 400 dogs have been culled till now,” said a res­i­dent. In some ar­eas, dogs are also ‘be­ing poi­soned by pig breed­ers’.

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