Vikash Sharma

In yet another instance of brutality against animals, six stray dogs were allegedly poisoned to death at Labour colony under Chandrasekharpur Police limits in Bhubaneswar. The incident has triggered massive outrage among the locals who were regularly feeding the dogs as well as other animal lovers in the Capital City.

“The dogs were staying near my house. We used to offer them food after cooking meals every day. But some miscreant has poisoned them. We are deeply hurt over the brutal and condemnable act as every living creature has the right to live,” said a local resident.

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People For Animals (PFA), a registered Animal Welfare Organisation has lodged a formal police complaint in connection with the inhuman act.

“The killing of dogs is illegal under section 428, 429 (mischief of killing and maiming animal) and is punishable and amounts to both imprisonment and fine. It is also a violation of section 11 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960,” read the complaint filed by PFA member J.B. Das.

It is not the first time that animal cruelty has been reported in Odisha. Earlier, a tiffin stall owner allegedly poisoned as many as 20 stray dogs to death in Cuttack in September 2021.

(Reported by Chandan Paikray)