Navi Mumbai: 30 dogs and puppies fatally poisoned in Revdanda, Kashid tourist sites | News from Navi Mumbai

NAVI MUMBAI: Up to 30 dogs and puppies have been poisoned to death at Revdanda tourist hotspots in Alibag and from Nandgaon to Kashid villages having beach fronts under Murud taluka, Raigad district.
An FIR was filed with Murud Police Station on Saturday involving the deaths of five local puppies at one of the sites. It is suspected that a powerful pesticide was used to kill them. The sample was sent to the forensic laboratory in Kalina, Mumbai.
“After hearing the horn of my Hero Honda motorbike, dogs and puppies were gathering at Kashid feeding points. However, on Saturday, none of the six puppies and their mother showed up in a sea facing dargah. I found the puppies lying dead in a bush with a weaker sibling alive nearby. Their mother has disappeared. I filed a complaint with Murud police,” said Swapnil Sangle (32), a resident of Sarve, Kashid.
“Several dog deaths have also been reported recently from Revdanda to Kashid. Now the issue has been taken seriously by filing a complaint with the police,” said Shashikanth Purohit, Ahimsa Fellow and also a PETA volunteer.
“The five dead puppies all had black marks (burning) in their lungs at autopsy. Kidney, lung, intestinal cord, heart and pancreas samples were taken for testing at the forensic laboratory. from Mumbai,” said Dr. Vinayak Pawar, Breeding Supervisor.
“Signs of burning point to brutal murder using chemical phorate. As many as 30 dogs have been poisoned to death in the past two months between Revdanda and Kashid,” said an animal activist from Kashid.
“A local animal activist is not only feeding strays, but has also neutered over 300 dogs in the absence of a government program of animal birth control (ABC) measures,” said Santosh Rane, a member of the Kashid grampanchayat.
“An FIR has been filed against an unknown person for killing animals by mischief (CIP Section 428). The reasons for the death are unknown but the residents will be interviewed,” said Nitin Gaware, police inspector in Murud.
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