Mokokchung DC orders probe into killing of dogs

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The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Mokokchung district of Nagaland has expressed dismay at the recent cruel and inhuman ‘shoot-at-sight’ killing of pet dogs at Changki village in Mokokchung district on June 30.

According to a press statement issued by Secretary of SPCA at Mokokchung on July 3, the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung district had issued an order on May 21 declaring the ‘shoot-at-sight’ order on dogs as a punishable offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCAA), 1960 and the guidelines of the Animal Welfare Board of India.

While condemning the heartless killing, SPCA hoped that the district administration will take appropriate action against the culprits.

Meanwhile, taking cognizance of the killing of dogs which reportedly took place at Changki Village on July 1, Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung has informed that an FIR was filed at the Mangkolemba Police Station on July 2 and a case has been registered under appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

The case is currently under investigation as per the information received from the Superintendent of Police, Mokokchung, the DC said.

Such forms of cruelties are in direct violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and the Acts and Rules under Animal Welfare Board of India, the DC said in a press release.

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Reiterating orders issued earlier by the DC’s office against such offences on May 21 and June 15, the DC said that strict legal proceedings will be initiated under Sections 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 against any village authorities, ward authorities, individuals or groups acting in contravention to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the release added.

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