CHENNAI (Web Desk) – At least 50 community dogs were burned alive in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, before they were sedated with food laced with pesticides.
Police said a few villagers killed the dogs on June 5 at Keezhamur village near Melmaruvathur, about 50km from Chennai, after they had allegedly attacked herds of sheep and goat.
P Aswath, an animal activist, filed a complaint with the Melmaruvathur police who booked Murali, Muthu, Murugadoss and Jeeva of the village in this connection, the Times of India reported on Wednesday.
Police said the villagers claimed a few community dogs injured a few sheep and goats when they were grazing. Some of the injured cattle died of dog bites later.
However, Aswath told Times of Inida there were no traces of sheep and goat maimed or injured in a dog attack. “When I approached the village panchayat president and vice-president, they denied the killings,” he said. “But I have evidence to prove that more than 50 dogs were killed in the village.”