In a recent report by police, four men smuggling 75 dogs to Nagaland for meat have been arrested. The Samaguri townfolks spotted the pick-up van on Thursday evening through which the dogs were smuggled. Police said that 22 out of the 75 dogs collapsed due to asphyxiation and seven were in critical condition.
“The dogs in the van were piled up on each other and there were tapes across their mouths in order to keep them silent,” police added.
Chairperson of the People For Animal (PFA) Assam, Sangeeta Goswami said, “Unfortunately, 22 out of the 75 dogs have collapsed. They were kept in a very pathetic condition. We have sent the remaining dogs to our shelter home”.
“Some of them are so weak that they can’t walk properly. Our veterinarians are treating them,” she added.
It was further revealed that the biscuits used to entice the canines were intoxicated.
“The four have admitted that they were taking the canines to Dimapur to sell them to the dog meat market,” a police officer said.
Last year, the Nagaland government proposed the banning of dog meat but the cases of smuggling can still be seen.