Photos of dogs being dragged with hooks in Akola go viral
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’.