Five held for 90 dog deaths say act­ing on civic body’s or­ders

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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.”

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