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Starvation and beating caused death of 90 stray do...

The carcasses of at least 90 canines, with their muzzles and legs tied with strings, were found strewn across various spots on Girda-Savaldabara Road in a forest area on Thursday evening. 

MUMBAI: Starvation and beating with sticks seem to be the prima facie causes behind the death of as many as 90 stray dogs in Maharashtra's Buldhana district as per a preliminary postmortem report, a police official said on Monday.
The carcasses of at least 90 canines, with their muzzles and legs tied with strings, were found strewn across various spots on Girda-Savaldabara Road in a forest area on Thursday evening. 
The incident came to light due to a foul odour emanating from decomposing carcasses.
A case under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered on Sunday against unidentified killers of the strays on a complaint lodged by a forest guard.
"Postmortem of few carcasses revealed that the dogs had not eaten food for a few days. Prime facie, we suspect the strays died due to starvation as their muzzles were found tied with strings and due to them beaten up with sticks," the official said.
He said those carcasses which were not decomposed and different parts of the carcasses were used for postmortem.
The viscera samples have been sent for examination, he said, adding that the final postmortem report will be received within a week.
More than 100 dogs were found thrown on the road at five locations.
Of them 90 dogs were found dead while some were found to be alive, the official had said.
Police suspect the strays were picked up from the city limits, killed, and their carcasses dumped in the forest area.
Police are questioning dog-catchers from nearby areas for clues.

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Lost Bloxwich dog reunited with owners after two y...

An "overjoyed" family were reunited with their lost dog more than two years after he was suspected of being stolen.
Nicola Spragg, 34, from Bloxwich, Walsall, said her Shar-Pei disappeared without a trace from her back garden in April 2017. 
Last week Mata, aged four, was found wandering the streets 25 miles away in Telford, Shropshire. He was traced back to her through his microchip. Ms Spragg said son Frazer, 11, "sobbed" when he realised the pet had returned. Mata, named after Frazer's favourite Manchester United player Juan Mata, had been with the family since he was a puppy. Last Thursday Ms Spragg received a phone call "out of the blue" from staff at a dogs' home in Telford asking if she wanted her dog back. 
"My son came home and I told him to shut his eyes," the mother of three said. "He opened them and looked at me and started stroking the dog and said 'it's not Mata'. 
"I said 'bab, it's Mata'. He sobbed. It's a lot to take in. "He's not just a dog he's our family." She said Mata was in immaculate condition when he was found. "I do thank whoever had him. I know they are going to be heartbroken, but he's with the rightful owner," she added. Marty Burrell, the co-owner of Hilbrae Rescue Kennels, which helped rescue the dog, said the "lovely outcome" was down to the microchip.
"All we want to do is reunite dogs and their owners as quickly as possible," she said.

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LAWS FOR STRAY Dogs..

1. High Court passed an order asking the police to provide protection to dogs and dog feeders and has made it a PUNISHABLE OFFENCE IN CASE ANYONE RESTRICTS, PROHIBITS OR CAUSES INCONVENIENCE TO ANY PERSON FEEDING A STREET DOG OR RESORTS TO REMOVAL OR DISLOCATION OR KILLING A DOG.
2. SECTION 503:- Indian Penal Code 1860, provides that intimidation is a criminal offence which is cognizable. ANYONE WHO THREATENS OR INTIMIDATES ANY PERSON TAKING CARE OF DOGS IS LIABLE FOR CRIMINAL INTIMIDATION UNDER SECTION 503 OF INDIAN PENAL CODE AND CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT A WARRANT.
3. SECTION 506:- IT IS A CRIME TO THREATEN, ABUSE OR HARASS NEIGHBOURS WHO FEED ANIMALS.
4. I.P.C. Section 428 and 429 provides SEVERE PUNISHMENT (up to 5 years imprisonment) TO PEOPLE RESORTING TO DISLOCATION, ABDUCTION, AND ACTS OF CRUELTY towards community animals or pets.
5. Delhi Police act 1968, sections 73 to 79, 99 gives special powers to police to take action when an animal offence has been committed.
6. Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act makes all animal cruelty a criminal offence. Fines and imprisonment are both provided for. The Indian Penal Code has similar provisions.
7. The Animal Birth Control (Dog) Rules, 2001, enacted under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, provide for sterilization and vaccination as a means of stabilizing/reducing stray dog populations and eliminating the risk of rabies; and prohibits relocation of stray dogs, i.e. throwing, or driving them out of one area, into another. An order passed by the Supreme Court of India in this regard, which prohibits removal, dislocation or killing of all dogs.
8. Under Stray Dog Management Rules 2001, IT IS ILLEGAL FOR AN INDIVIDUAL, RWA or estate management to remove or relocate dogs. The dogs have to be sterilized and vaccinated and returned to the same area. Vaccinated and sterilized dogs cannot be removed by the municipality too.
9. Ministry of Public Grievances notification and a similar notification by Animal Welfare Board of India to PROVIDE IMMUNITY TO ANIMAL FEEDERS AND RESTRICT and restrict government employees or bodies such as Resident Welfare Associations SOCIETIES FROM HARASSING PEOPLE WHO FEED OR HELP ANIMALS.
10. The Supreme Court of India gave a similar stay order against removal culling or dislocation of a dog anywhere in India.
*Article 51-A (g) states - " It shall be duty of every citizen of India to protect & improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures." So the animal lover is protected under the Constitution.
*Article 19 of the Constitution of India, deals with right to freedom and in this freedom comes the right to profession, occupation, trade and business which means that if someone has taken the caring of animals as his occupation, it is legal and he has every right to carry on with his occupation.
*Article 21 of the Constitution of India states the right to personal life and liberty. If someone wants to feed and provide shelter to dogs, he is at liberty to do so. He has the same right to liberty that the law provides to every citizen of India.

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