Following efforts by PETA India and former Mrs Universe Famous Meenakshi Mathur, Gwalior police have registered a non-cognisable offence complaint under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, against a resident of Madhav Nagar accused of apparently illegally taking two sterilised dogs to a municipal corporation facility on 1 August. One of the dogs has since been returned to his home area, but the location and status of the other are unknown.
“Dogs are naturally territorial, so it’s especially cruel to remove them from their home surroundings, abandon them in an unfamiliar area where other dogs have territorial rights, and expect them to survive,” says Meenakshi. “My friends at PETA India and I hope this sends a signal to people to be kind to stray animals, who lead hard enough lives as it is.”
Community dogs are often subjected to human cruelty or struck by cars, and they commonly suffer from starvation and diseases or sustain injuries. Many end up in animal shelters every year, where they languish in cages or kennels for lack of enough good homes. The solution is simple: sterilisation. Sterilising one female dog can prevent 67,000 births over six years, and sterilising one female cat can prevent 420,000 births over seven years.
We’re thankful to Meenakshi for speaking out for these dogs, who have suffered immensely after being discarded in unfamiliar places.
PETA India is calling on people in Gwalior to help community animals by working with local NGOs and municipal corporations to sterilise and vaccinate them and return them to where they were found.