A 6 month old street puppy was shot and killed in Seaview by the Clifton Cantonment’s Sanitation Department staff on the morning of March 11th, 2008. Another dog was shot multiple times on his leg, but the area residents managed to scare away the trigger happy shooters before they could kill him. Tanya Mirza, one of the residents who was awoken early in the morning by the injured dog’s howling, sent this in to us:
The morning of March 11th turned out to be a horror scene for me. I live in SeaView, and recently many stray dogs have begun breeding around the area. Some residents appear to have been complaining about them, whereas reports from servants working in the area say that these puppies are sweet and friendly. I jumped out of bed to the sound of gunshots. I could hear a crying dog, whimpering in an awful, tethering tone. I ran to my window to see two huge white pickup trucks marked Clifton Cantonment Sanitation Department. They had huge double barrel guns in their hands and useless aim, and were shooting at a little puppy, only six months old. The animal died on the spot. Then they fired at another dog, severely wounding its leg, and as it ran they shot again. I began abusing them from my window, my heart was in my mouth. The man with the gun looked up at me, straight in the eye, as I screamed at him, gasping to control the shock. He still shot. I called him an ignorant ‘jahil‘ and the two vehicles sped off at the speed of light. My father tried to chase them down, but to no avail. After contacting the SeaView Residents Society’s head, Aziz Suharwardy, we were informed of the complaints and that apparently it was ‘legal’ to shoot at these animals. When we contacted the Sanitation Dept. we made him aware of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and he tried to pass on the blame to the Sea View Resident’s Society head, which was unfounded. I was so shaken the entire day all I could think of was that poor innocent animal, and how inhumane people can be. All I can say is that if anybody else ever tries something outside my home again, I have a supply of stones ready to hit. When we interviewed a driver who witnessed the entire scene, he said that the puppy used to play with him, and he would feed him biscuits. If people cannot even respect a living thing that cannot speak, then what respect can one expect for other human beings?
It’s been more than 24 hours and the poor puppy’s body is still lying on the small green patch where she was killed. A Clifton Cantonment Board vehicle was seen by some of the residents watering the grass around her dead body earlier this morning. The other injured dog is still somewhere hiding in pain. We have asked the people around to let us know if they spot him, so that we can try to catch him and take him to a vet. A nearby guard who has adopted a small street puppy and named him Tiger, has promptly put a collar on him, and has said they were appalled by yesterday’s incident and chased off the Clifton Cantonment staff.
For more information about humane stray dog management, please see here.