MUMBAI: Animal activists have lodged an FIR at Chitalsar police station in Thane over mysterious deaths of several local cats and kittens at Tikujiniwadi area of Ghodbunder road.
“An FIR has been lodged by a local animal lover, Pooja Joshi, with the help of my guidance under section 429 of the IPC and section 11(1)(g) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, on the shocking deaths of at least 19 cats, kittens at Tikujiniwadi, Hill Garden area, which has several row houses. On August 15, bodies of five dead cats were found under mysterious circumstances here. Two dead cats have been sent to the Bombay SPCA for a post-mortem,” said honorary district animal welfare officer of AWBI, Mitesh Jain.
As per the FIR, the cats who died were perfectly healthy, but had suddenly started vomiting, stopped eating and showed physical weakness which thereby indicates to poisoning by unknown persons.
“After the post-mortem report is out, we will surely know more about this animal cruelty at Thane. We thank the police for cooperating and taking down the FIR, and hope that the culprits are caught soon,” added Jain.
Several animal rights activists have reiterated that housing societies must allow animal feeders to give food to the local cats, dogs in their respective areas; because showing kindness and compassion is also mentioned as a basic tent in the Indian Constitution.