NAVI MUMBAI: Animal rights activists have complained to the Panvel city police about a case of animal cruelty at a housing society.
Talking to TOI, animal activist Rinki Banerji, said, "One Sunday, a society resident and senior citizen, Sumitra Gaikwad, noticed that 15 puppies that were born just around 10 days ago had gone missing from the society premises. She used to regularly feed the stray dogs in her locality, but other residents were opposed to it.''
In her complaint letter to the police, Gaikwad has also said some residents had intimidated her with sticks to warn her not to feed the stray animals.
"Now, these 15 puppies have gone missing, and their two mothers who are lactating at present are tense and anxious. Separating babies from their mothers amounts to cruelty,'' said Banerji, who also plans to write to the Animal Welfare Board of India.
However, a police official said the society's office-bearers have denied the allegation of throwing the 15 puppies out.