A Facebook post by an alert citizen, David Ialhruaitluanga, turned into an amazing rescue of 17 dogs from illegal dog meat trade.
David Ialhruaitluanga witnessed a truck filled with dogs at Vairengte, a town in the Kolasib district of Mizoram. Mizoram is one of the states located in Northeast India.
Ialhruaitluanga saw dogs tied inside sacks being transported to the illegal dog meat trade. he smartly started taking pictures of the vehicle, the dogs and most importantly the license plate number of the truck.
The truck was on way to Aizawl through Kolasib. Having heard about the recent rescue by Purr Paws Foundation that was involved with the rescue of 26 dogs in Meghalaya in September.
David reached out to Purr Paws Foundation activist Ornella Pachuau on social media to see what could be done to rescue these dogs destined for the illegal dog meat trade.
The founder of Purr Paws Foundation, Nandini Baruvah started coordinating the rescue efforts to save and rescue the dogs. He got in touch with Mizoram police to ensure that the truck was stopped before reaching the destination.
After coordinating with the DGP and SP of Kolasib, Abhishek Dhania, who took immediate action upon receiving the images and details of the truck sent on Whatsapp to SP Dhania by Nandini Baruva, the truck was successfully intercepted at Kolasib and the police were able to seize the vehicle, arrested the criminals and rescue the dogs.
Kolasib animal activists Mamuana , Juliet L Sailo , Vl Chhakshhuak, Mapuia Xeruof Ralte, Lalhmachhuana, H/o Nandini Ralte , Manuni Kawlni were on hand at the police station once the dogs arrived to arrange for post-rescue care, rehabilitation and adoption.
Meanwhile Aizawl activists Moriah Hrahsel and team connected on phone and made arrangements to take in the dogs for shelter.
The Humane society international will lend financial support for the dogs treatment, transportation and other expenses. Purr Paws Foundation is working closely with Humane society international to spread awareness in this regard amongst law and order department and people in general through seminars and events.
A fantastic collaborative effort by the Mizoram/ Police, Purr Paws Foundation, local Mizoram activists and Humane Society International ensured these dogs did not meet the unfortunate fate. The local animal activists in Aizawl are ensuring post-rescue care and shelter. Purr Paws Foundation will also take up work on ground with law and order and administrative officials to curb such illegal activities in these states .
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