In a case of suspected deliberate poisoning of stray dogs in Mira Bhayandar, an NGO on May 6 received information about five dead dogs. After the NGO, Peace for Animal Welfare Association (PAWA)-India, lodged a police complaint, 15 more bodies had been found in the nearby areas. The Navghar police station officers confirmed the incident to dna.”I saw them (dogs) dying in front of me. It looked like they couldn’t breathe. They were running helter skelter. Seven dogs are missing from another area,” said Shubhang Sharma, a resident of a Mira Bhayandar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PAWA president Salim Charania said, “We lodged an FIR for five dogs that we found near the Pill Heights building. We have submitted the CCTV footage of a suspect feeding the dogs. We also found a pesticide bag near the bodies. We have submitted all of this to the police but the police hasn’t arrested him yet.”Charania further claimed that in the last 48 hours, 15 more bodies were discovered. “After we lodged the FIR, we have been finding dead dogs in different pockets of the same area. We have buried those dogs because they had started decaying. In all, we found 21 bodies.”Talking about the suspect, Charania said, “We have found another evidence in the CCTV footage from another society, which clearly shows the same man. We are waiting for the police to arrest him. There are also eye-witnesses, who are willing to confirm that they saw this man in the vicinity, feeding the dogs.”When questioned, senior police inspector of Navghar police station, Shrikant Padule, said, “The investigating officer is on a leave. He is expected to return on Monday. The FIR has been lodged under IPC section 429 and Prevention of Cruelty against Animal Act. The CCTV footage is a little hazy. We have a suspect but it cannot be confirmed. We have sent him a notice for investigation and called him on Monday. We have sent the bodies for post-mortem.”

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Mumbai: 20 dogs found dead in Mira-Bhayandar, poisoning suspected