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  • Goat-keepers avenge the mauling of their goats
  • 70 dogs poisoned, 50 dogs set on fire
  • The dead bodies were thrown across a field to rot

CHENNAI- In the Keezhampur village in Kancheepuram (near Chennai) goat-keepers took justice into their own hands. Brothers, Mutha and Murugadoss set 50 dogs ablaze on Sunday, June 12, as retribution for the dogs mauling their goats. The village wreaked of the stench as charred bodies of stray dogs were found on an agricultural field.

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According to the DNA report, the atrocity inflicted on the dogs goes past the ones burnt alive. The two goat-keepers had poisoned 70 dogs total. They then went on to set 50 of the 70 on fire. Crows, birds, and cats began feeding off of the carcasses in the field. In turn, these animals have also died. P Ashwath, an animal activist from Chennai, answered the distress call.

Four days later, the tragedy that left many disturbed came to light. A villager felt accountable enough to report the incident to an animal activist, P Aswath. Melmaruvathur police registered a case based on Aswath’s complaint and booked – Murali, Muthu, Murugadoss and Jeeva of the village in relation to the incident.


Keezhampur Village. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

It was P Aswath and other volunteers who took it upon themselves to remove the dead dogs from the field. This had to be done to ensure that further infection and death would not continue. Ashwath further stated to DNA that, “Overnight a village that had close to 100 dogs, suddenly had 25.” A staggering drop in numbers that raised doubts.

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An official from Melmaruvathur police station said that FIR has been launched under IPC Section 429 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1960). FIR stands for first information report. It states that an act of crime has been committed and an investigation has begun.

-prepared by Abigail Andrea is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @abby_kono

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