46 cows die due to pneumonia, starvation at AP cattle shelter
At least 46 cows died of "pneumonia and starvation" in an overcrowded cattle protection centre here in the last few days, Andhra Pradesh government officials said on Saturday.
Police registered a case against the management of the centre for alleged negligence that caused the cattle deaths at the shelter which was filled with slush due to heavy rains, according to the East Godavari district officials.
Rains in the city filled the cattle protection centre, run by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), with slush and led to poor sanitary conditions, leaving the cattle in a hapless situation, they said. The SPCA, however, denied any negligence on their part. Joint Director of Animal Husbandry V Venkateswara Rao said rains and slush caused pneumonia, leading to the death of cows.
"There were also some starvation that contributed to the death (of 46 cows). We have opened a special camp to treat the other cattle in the centre and the situation is now under control," he added.