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Guwahati-based social organization JBF (India) Trust has expressed concern over the constant disappearance of stray/street/community dogs from certain prime localities of Guwahati,

JBF (India) Trust said this is a probable result of the serious threat to the trade of dog meat.

“According to the local feeders, most of the dogs have disappeared within the last few days,” the JBF (India) trust said in the statement.

“On November 30, Abhayapuri Police in Bongaigaon has been successful in apprehending one member of a dog smuggling racket with the help and intervention of We People and JBF,” the statement said.

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The racket consisted of three members among whom Sangrik Marak was captured red-handed with the joint help of local residents.

The Abhayapuri police are in search of the other two people involved in this case.

“Similarly, Guwahati is facing similar circumstances as the number of dogs missing cases are seemingly surfacing,” the Trust said.

On December 2, 2021, street vendors at Panjabari near the State Bank of India, reported having seen 6 dogs being forcefully abducted by some people in a car, it said.

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“Till now, two complaints in Latasil and Dispur police station and one FIR in Noonmati police station have been lodged against the illegal abduction of dogs from streets,” the organisation informed.

“Unfortunately, we are yet to see some effective response in terms of catching the culprits from the Assam Police regarding such a heinous crime,” it said.

JBF said it has been working in the field of animal welfare since 2003. On behalf of similar animal welfare organizations and well-wishers, the organisation has requested the Assam chief minister, veterinary minister, the DGP and AWBI as well to take necessary steps to mend the situation.

Moreover, JBF (INDIA) is also trying to create awareness through social media platforms and offline mediums.

Dr Sashanka Sekhar Dutta, managing trustee of JBF states: “On behalf of all other animal welfare organizations and animal lovers, I urge the government to prioritize this issue as a major problem of the community and take the required actions against such an inhumane activity that has been going on in our community.”

“This will not only save the life of some innocent animals but also will help in preventing deadly disease like Rabies.,” Dr Dutta added.

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