Trinamool Congress leader Debashree Roy, also a well-known animal rights advocate, expressed solidarity with the animal lovers and activists and demanded the perpetrators be punished.
A case under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act and Section 429 of the India Penal Code has been registered at Sarsuna police station. However, the senior police officials told Millennium Post that so far no bodies have been found and the probe is underway.
The incident is viral on the social networking sites and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have also intervened in the matter. It was learnt that these canines were attacked as they were biting the residents of the Diamond City-West.
“The bodies were disposed of before we could reach. We have filed a FIR with the local police station but since it’s a posh complex inhabited by rich influential people, hence, no actions are being taken as yet. On Tuesday, when an animal lover was protesting the incident her clothes were torn off and was thrashed by the male residents. She received injuries on her ear. Another person’s mobile phone was smashed while he was making the video. Meanwhile, one of the resident said that they did the right thing killing those dogs and will again do so if another dog enters their complex,” said Shalmali Basu, a resident of the nearby colony.
Meanwhile, Manilal Valliyate, Director of Veterinary Affairs, PETA said: “Killing of community dogs is not only barbaric but also illegal. Killing of dogs is cruel and ineffective because dogs from surrounding areas simply move in to take the place of those who were killed, and they reproduce, creating even more homeless dogs.”
Animal lovers, activists and concerned citizens on Tuesday marched in protest and started an online petition against the alleged culling of at least 16 street dogs by illegal dog handlers paid by a section of residents of a housing complex in the city. According to Gopa Ganguly, a resident of Diamond City West complex in South Kolkata, street dogs are being trapped inside gunny bags and beaten to death by certain dog handlers at the behest of a section of residents.