Five held for 90 dog deaths say acting on civic body’s orders
Mumbai: Police in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district have arrested five people involved with the recent mysterious deaths of over 90 dogs, whose bodies were dumped in a forest. The accused confessed they were “relocating” the dogs on orders from Bhokardan Municipal Council, in Jalna district.
Peta India activists had lodged a complaint and an FIR was registered in the animal cruelty case. Buldhana SP Dilip Bhujbhal told TOI, “After being directed by officials to relocate the dogs, the accused piled them in a vehicle to transport them. Many died due to suffocation. We will question council officials and take action.”
When TOIcalled up council president, Manjushabai Deshmukh, her husband, Rajendra, a council committee member, answered. He said, “There were several cases of dog bites here, so officials decided to relocate the dogs. We are a small municipal council and can’t afford sterilisation. There was no intention to kill the animals.”