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Over 300 dogs poisoned to death by Andhra village panchayat, alleges activist

India Today logo India Today 01-08-2021 Ashish Pandey
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More than 300 stray dogs were poisoned to death and their carcasses buried in a pit at a village in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, an animal rights activist has alleged.

Fight for Animals activist Lalitha told India Today that the panchayat of Lingapalem in West Godavari district had resolved to get rid of stray dogs in and around the village. But instead of sterilizing them, the gram panchayat engaged dog killers, who poisoned the dogs, she alleged.

Lalitha claimed that she visited the village and the pit where the carcasses of over 300 dogs were reportedly buried.

"I went to the site and saw many dog carcasses that were partially decomposed. After my inquiry, came to know that panchayat officials engaged some dog killers who killed the animals with poisoned injection," she told India Today.

On learning of the incident, she lodged a complaint at the Dharmajigudem police station.

Based on Lalitha's complaint, police have registered a case against the village panchayat's secretary and sarpanch under sections 429 r/w 34 of the IPC (mischief by killing or poisoning animal) and relevant sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Investigation is underway.

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