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Telangana: Four officials suspended for ordering culling of 78 dogs in Siddipet

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Telangana: Four officials suspended for ordering culling of 78 dogs in Siddipet

The video, reportedly recorded by an animal lover in Siddipet, shows daily wage labourers loading dead dogs on a truck. The dogs were reportedly mass culled on the orders of the municipality.

Four officials of Siddipet Municipality in Telangana were suspended after a video of dead dogs heaped in a truck in Siddpet surfaced on social media. Informing about the development, BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP Manaeka Gandhi said that an FIR has been filed in the case.

"Update! ACTION TAKEN ON TELANGANA CASE: 78 DOGS were mass culled in SIDDIPET, Telangana. As soon as we were informed, an FIR was filed. After persistant efforts, an order by the District Collector confirms the suspension of four officials from the Siddipet Municipality. (sic)," Maneka, who is a known animal activist, said on Twitter.



The video, reportedly recorded by an animal lover in Siddipet, shows daily wage labourers loading dead dogs on a truck. The dogs were reportedly mass culled on the orders of the municipality.

A case has been filed at the Siddipet police and the collector suspended four staff members of the civic body, a reported in The News Minute said.

A press note said that the municipal staff was involved in the poisoning of the dogs and the district revenue officer has been appointed as the inquiry officer to probe the issue.

According to Section 11(1)C of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, killing any animal (including stray dogs) by using the method of strychnine injections (poisoning) in the heart or in any other unnecessarily cruel manner is a cognizable offence and can attract a simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term, which may extend to two years or with a fine or both.