16 puppies found dead in city hospital premises; report says beaten to death
Carcasses of 16 puppies were found in plastic bags in front of a hostel for nurses and nursing students at the state-run Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital in the city, leading to protests by animal lovers and locals.
According to officials, the carcasses were sighted on Sunday and were sent for post mortem at the district veterinary hospital at Barasat in North 24-Parganas district, with the preliminary report stating that the puppies were beaten to death.
An adult dog, which was found in a critical condition nearby was taken away for treatment by an animal lover.
Animal lovers from different NGOs held a demonstration on Monday against the incident, raising questions of cruelty to animals and demanded punishment of the culprits.
They demanded that all CCTV footage in the hospital premises be scanned and the culprits identified.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) authorities described the death of 16 puppies at the same time "most unnatural".
KMC Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh said that the civic body would also conduct an inquiry into the incident.