According to activists, some birds who seemed to have fed on the carcasses were found dead too, suggesting that the dogs were poisoned.

25 stray dogs found dead along Cooum banks in Chennai poisoning suspectedGraphic Image Warning | Several dog carcasses had to be fished out of the Cooum
news Animal Cruelty Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 15:25

Over 25 stray dogs were found dead at Makkiz Garden, Greams Road in Chennai on Friday. Activists have suspect that the strays in the area were all poisoned.

The carcasses were dumped along the Cooum banks in Greams Road. Animal activist and Founder of Almighty Animal Care Trust, M Sai Vignesh, who rushed to the spot on Friday afternoon along with a few other activists, has filed a complaint with Thousand Lights Police Station in Triplicane.

A case has been filed under section 429 of IPC (Mischief by killing or maiming cattle, etc, of any value or any animal of the value of fifty rupees) and under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals act 11 1(I) that reads “without reasonable cause, abandons any animal in circumstances which tender it likely that it will suffer pain by reason of starvation thirst.”

Around 8 carcasses that were retrieved from the area have been sent for a post-mortem at the Madras Veterinary College on Friday. Speaking to TNM, Sai shared that a few birds like crows and pigeons who must’ve fed on the carcasses were found dead too.

The reason for their death is yet unknown but Sai told TNM that the people in the area have alleged that a local politician could be involved. He also shares that people claim that a total of 40 dogs could have been poisoned.

This, however, is not the first incident of poisoning of stray animals. In October this year, around 26 mongrels were allegedly poisoned at Karasangal in Kancheepuram district by an unidentified gang.

In August 2017, over 15 dogs were poisoned and burnt in Chennai’s Sithalapakkam area.  The poison was allegedly mixed in a calf's carcass to kill all the stray dogs in the locality. The incident was brought to light by animal activist Shravan Krishnan. In his Facebook post, Shravan had named politically connected Anna Durai to have committed the crime.

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