Animal rights activists alleged that more than 300 stray dogs were poisoned to death and their bodies were buried in pits in a village situated in Andhra's West Godavari district.
The gruesome incident first came to light on July 29 when animal rights activist Sri Latha Challapalli received a tip-off. She went to the village and was shocked to find the decomposed carcasses of the dogs in a shallow pit on its outskirts.
"The killings took place on July 24 and I got information on July 29. I went to the village and saw the decomposed bodies buried in a pit near the pond. Initially, the local police were not willing to file a case under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act," she said.
The charges under which the secretary and the sarpanch have been booked are - 429 r/w 34 of the Indian Penal Code (mischief by killing or poisoning animals). Also sections of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.