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KOLKATA, India — Residents at a posh housing society in south Kolkata are being accused of illegally killing 16 stray dogs that had made their home on the grounds.
Over the past year, 20-25 stray dogs arrived at the Diamond City complex and took shelter. Several residents took it upon themselves to feed and care for them. Lately, some noticed that the dogs had been missing.
Suspicions were raised when a man was spotted taking away a puppy in a bag.
Resident Manisha Bhowmick told the India Times that she pleaded with a man who was dangling a puppy by a rope outside of a window. Another resident, Gopa Ganguly, decided to start gathering evidence by documenting the moviements of the strange men. It seemed as though another group of residents had been the ones who hired these men because the “ugly” street dogs “posed a threat to kids and elderly people”.
Several animal rights organizations stepped in to help. They immediately filed reports with the local police against the housing society.
On Tuesday, tempers flared as animal rights activists and residents clashed during a protest that ended in several injuries.
“NGOs of the city filed a FIR against the authorities of the said complex and a dog-loving minister, Debasree Roy, came to talk to the residents along with around 30 dog lovers,” Shalmali Basu told the India Times.
“As soon as she left, a few of the residents got violent. One man tore up a female protesters salwar during the scuffle and even gave her a bleeding ear. Another female protester’s phone was smashed to pieces when she tried taking a video. One particular lady even declared that they did the right thing killing the dogs and will again do so if another dog enters their complex.”
As of now, police are still trying to investigate the allegations against the housing society.