Saturday, September 17, 2016

Local leader takes law into his own hands, abets wanton killing of street dogs

PIRAVAM: Even when the Supreme Court stay on killing of street dogs continues, a local Kerala Congress (M) leader in Piravom and his team on Friday took the law into their own hands, carrying out wanton killing of 10 street dogs. He has been identified as Municipal councillor and Corporation Standing committee chairman Jils (in picture).

Jils said he was ready to face any legal consequences and would even undergo a life-term in jail for the ‘crime’ he has done. “People here are fed up with street dogs. Again I would kill more dogs as it is my social responsibility” he said.  

The local leader hired a dog catcher called Ranjan and got him to savagely kill the harmless dogs, according to reports. Ernakulam SPCA members flung into action early in the morning once they were informed about the carcasses of ten dogs found near Piravom bus stand.

SPCA got the police to book a case against the councillor. Though he was arrested in the day he got bail soon.

SPCA president T K Sajeev said the post-mortem of the bodies were conducted. “There were totally ten dogs and out of them three were female dogs. One was pregnant with five puppies. The carcasses will be sent to Kakkanad forensic lab to ascertain the method used to kill the dogs,” he said.

Sajeev said no incidents of stray dog menace had been reported from the area. He added certain people including social worker Jose Maveli were indirectly involved in the killing. Already several cases are against him for killing dogs.

The incident has come as a rude shock to millions of animal-lovers, who have been legally fighting against such criminal breach of law and coming out with creative suggestions for curbing the so-called stray dog menace. They said a few well-known persons in society were abetting such crimes by offering financial and emotional support.         

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