Kerala: 30 dogs killed in revenge, after man dies following stray dog attack
In a tit-for-tat revenge, locals went on a reckless killing spree by beating over 30 stray dogs to death on Thursday, a day after a 90-year old man died of cardiac arrest after being attacked by a group of stray dogs at his house at Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram.
According to a report in Kaumudi, Janaseva Shishubhavan chief Jose Maveli, with the support of Guruvayur Shanti Medicals Information Director Uma Preman, paid some men to kill more than 30 street dogs that roamed the area. Jose Maveli is an accused in a number of dog killing cases and is reportedly financially supported by businessman Kochouseph Chittilappilly.
Though the police registered a fresh case against Maveli and Uma Preman, the duo allegedly had mobilised a few locals, including the deceased’s family, to prevent their arrest.
The residents asserted that they would hold a protest in front of the police station – with the dead dogs in tow- if Maveli was arrested. They asked the police to take them too into custody in that case, The News Minute reported.
The angry residents also slammed Maneka Gandhi -Union Minister for Women and Child Development for her objection to dog culling. “Stray dogs are not dangerous creatures for ministers like her who travel in air-conditioned cars. It is the common man who ends up facing this threat on a daily basis,” they reportedly claimed.
Meanwhile Kaumudi quoted Mureen Hand, a volunteer of Operation Street Varkala, an NGO involved in rescue operation and ABC programme for street dogs, as saying that all dogs were killed in a brutal manner.
Another volunteer Elaine Philpott reportedly posted on Facebook: “So very sorry, it seems now that anyone can kill dogs. You don’t like dogs, ok let’s kill them. There is no punishment. All we can do is continue the fight to protect them, and hope that things change in the future. Sadly, I do not think this will happen in my life time…”