Why dogs in an Indian neighborhood are turning blue

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 22, 2017

A factory in Mumbai which allegedly dumped dye into the Kasadi river has been shut down after the waste in the water dyed the fur of dogs in the region blue, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board Sub-Regional Officer Jayant Hajare told AFP on Tuesday.

Arati Chauhan, who runs the Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell, had filed a complaint with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board about animals in the Mumbai suburb's Taloja industrial area suffering because of untreated in the Kasadi river.

HT first reported on August 11 about the dogs mysteriously turning blue, after residents spotted the canines. "We have spotted nearly five such dogs here and have asked the pollution control board to act against such industries".

A factory in Mumbai has been shuttered after officials confirmed its pollution was turning stray dogs blue.

"Ducol Organics Pvt Ltd.is harming animals and birds in the area. We can not let such an industry function", Anil Mohekar, who is on the government board, said.

Water pollution is part of a larger issue of environmental degradation in India. "We will ensure that the plant does not function from Monday and the decision sets an example for other polluting industries, which may not be following pollution abatement measures", Anil Mohekar, MPCB regional officer told The Hindustan Times.

The board added that five dogs in the neighbourhood had turned blue, and were being treated by veterinarians. A blood report revealed that the dog was healthy, did not have any infection and the blue dye was water soluble. "Shutting down one industry, as MPCB has done, only results in daily wage labourers losing their bread and butter".

In a letter addressed to the MPCB and published on Facebook, she called for increased monitoring of all plants and development of adequate green cover around industrial sites.

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