By Taniya Dutta
Adorable moment the dogs, who were rescued from being boiling alive in water for their meat, are seen running to their new owners for a loving home.
With the help of Purrpaws Foundation, an NGO based in Guwahati in Assam that also arranged the rescue of the dogs from three different warehouses last Monday, 22 dogs found their forever homes in parts of Assam and Meghalaya in northeast India.
The four dogs are yet to be put for adoption as they are dealing with severe depression and trauma post the rescue.
“We are extremely happy to have been succeeded in finding loving homes for these beautiful animals. They deserve all the love and care,” said Nandini Baruva, co-founder of PurrPaws.
26 stray mutts were abducted and being smuggled to Nagaland and Mizoram, the northeastern states where hundreds of dogs are killed brutally for meat trade as some consider dog meat have high nutritional and medicinal value.
The animals aged between three months and eight years were tied tightly with ropes and wires in gunny bags and their mouth was shut with tape so they cannot bark.
After an animal lover spotted three dogs in a small car on a highway and posted the pictures on social media, Nandini alerted local cops who quickly sprung into action.
After interrogation, the driver of the car had taken the police to three different warehouses from where 23 other dogs were rescued.
“As soon as I saw the photograph I contacted local police and urged them to find out what was happening. Luckily, the cop was strict and could bust the gang,” said Nanidini.
After rescue the mutts were comforted by local animal lovers and brought to shelters in Guwahati by Nandini.
There the dogs were given medicines and care and once stabilised, put them up for adoption.
Nandini said: “When I had seen them first, they were shivering. They were extremely traumatised, dehydrated, terrified and disoriented. Some had even refused to eat or drink water and kept staring at the wall.
“It was painful to see them in that condition. But with the help of doctors and other volunteers who showered their love and care on these babies, we could find a forever home for them.
“It was a sight of delight to watch the dogs being loved and cuddled by their new owners.
“Finding a forever home for these babies was a strenuous exercise. We had to patiently go through all the forms and find suitable parents as the dogs were traumatised.
“We are happy that we could handpick people and hope they can get all the love and attention they deserve.”
The slaughter of dog and cat for meat consumption is illegal in India according to Food Safety and Standards Act.
Unfortunately,however, only Rs 50 is prescribed as a fine for slaughter of stray cattle or animal under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as it does not recognises stray as ‘assets’.
Highlighting the plight, Nandini, who is now preparing a memorandum along with other activists to put pressure on the government to stop dog meat trade said: “Dogs or cats are not supposed to be eaten. But unfortunately, it is rampant in this part of the country.
“How is it possible that the people in these states violate the rules openly? One can find dishes made of dog meat in the menu openly hung outside restaurants in Nagaland.
“Laws in this country are so weak that is nothing more than a joke. How can one ask for Rs 50 fine for killing an animal for meat?
“We understand it is futile to fight with the culprits since laws are not stringent and so we put our efforts and energy in rescuing as many animals as possible.
“But with increasing number of incidents the need of the hour is to voice our concerns. This needs to stop and we are doing our bit to pressure state government to at least put a ban on supply or export of dogs from the state to Nagaland and Mizoram.
“We are preparing the draft asking the government to put billboards and stickers with strong messages and to check all the cars and vehicles proactively at all the borders and check-posts.”
In Nagaland and Mizoram, dogs caught from markets and roads and are put alive in boiling water so their skin and fur comes off and their meat is sold for £2 per kilogram.