In an appalling incident at least 50 stray dogs were poisoned allegedly on the orders of a village sarpanch in Nalgonda district of Telangana.

A pile of stray dogs were found dead on Wednesday in Telladevarapalli village in Nalgonda district. It is suspected that the villagers had poisoned them a day before.

 The bodies of the dead stray dogs were reportedly dumped at an irrigation site close to the village.

The village sarpanch had allegedly ordered the poisoning of dogs after villagers complained about the dog menace. The Sarpanch claims to have received complaints from the villagers that dogs have been attacking them and the children.

Responding on the incident, the District collector Gaurav Uppal assured stern action will be taken against the guilty. He added that an investigation was launched on the incident.

In another gruesome incident at least 78 stray dogs were poisoned by civic authorities in Siddipet in Telangana. Four municipal employees were suspended for their involvement in killing the dogs.

The suspension came after a huge backlash from former Union Minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi. An inquiry headed by district revenue officer was initiated to probe the Siddipet incident.

“The state government needs to find a way to deal with the stray dog menace and slaughtering the innocent dogs is no solution. The government needs to build more shelter homes to house the dogs. If there is indiscriminate human encroachment into the open lands where will the animals go?” question animal rights activists.

According to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, poisoning the animals (including stray dogs) or harming them any way is a cognizable offence and can attract a punishment of rigorous imprisonment of two years or fine or both.

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