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42 dogs rescued from illegal meat smugglers

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GUWAHATI/JORABAT, Dec 15 - Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Just Be Friendly (JBF), an NGO working for animal rights and Guwahati Police, today rescued 42 dogs from the clutches of illegal dog meat smugglers near Khetri.

The dogs were reportedly being smuggled for consumption to Mizoram and Nagaland ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, police sources claimed.

Founder of JBF Dr Sashanka Sekhar Dutta who took part in the rescue operation, informed that the health condition of most of the dogs was not good.

�They were visibly traumatised and some of them dehydrated. We are taking them to the JBF clinic for treatment and rehabilitation so that they can eventually be made fit for adoption,� Dr Dutta said.

Sources informed that with their mouths tied, the dogs were put in gunny bags for transportation to the neighbouring states.

�The illegal dog meat trade has emerged as a lucrative business. A well-oiled network is behind this nexus, which needs to be busted at the earliest,� a Guwahati-based animal lover said.

Recently, 26 dogs were rescued by Meghalaya Police after Kasturi Das, an animal lover and a journalist with The Assam Tribune spotted them at Jowai and alerted the animal rights activists.

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42 dogs rescued from illegal meat smugglers

GUWAHATI/JORABAT, Dec 15 - Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Just Be Friendly (JBF), an NGO working for animal rights and Guwahati Police, today rescued 42 dogs from the clutches of illegal dog meat smugglers near Khetri.

The dogs were reportedly being smuggled for consumption to Mizoram and Nagaland ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, police sources claimed.

Founder of JBF Dr Sashanka Sekhar Dutta who took part in the rescue operation, informed that the health condition of most of the dogs was not good.

�They were visibly traumatised and some of them dehydrated. We are taking them to the JBF clinic for treatment and rehabilitation so that they can eventually be made fit for adoption,� Dr Dutta said.

Sources informed that with their mouths tied, the dogs were put in gunny bags for transportation to the neighbouring states.

�The illegal dog meat trade has emerged as a lucrative business. A well-oiled network is behind this nexus, which needs to be busted at the earliest,� a Guwahati-based animal lover said.

Recently, 26 dogs were rescued by Meghalaya Police after Kasturi Das, an animal lover and a journalist with The Assam Tribune spotted them at Jowai and alerted the animal rights activists.