After some dogs attacked a goat that he had raised, a villager borrowed a neighbour’s rifle and killed six dogs at Pallancheri village near Guduvancheri. Apparently, most of dogs that were targeted belonged to pet owners in the village.
Muthuswamy, a scrap shop owner, had allegedly been plotting this attack for a while, claimed a Blue Cross of India member who was at the scene. “The accused told us at the Guduvancheri Police Station that the long barreled gun he had used was not his, and had been borrowed from another villager who loaned it to him for this purpose,” said Dawn Williams, General Manager, Blue Cross.
Upon further questioning, it came to light that the man’s goat had been bitten by one of these dogs earlier and this was his attempt at revenge, claimed Williams.
Blue Cross officials had received a call at 5.30 pm on Thursday when a weeping woman contacted their helpline after her pet had been shot. “Once the dogs were shot, they were tied to a two wheeler and the bodies were discarded near the lake nearby,” said a volunteer who was present at the scene.
A case was filed against Muthuswamy for illegal possession of weapons and attacking animals, he added.