So, what’s the story? Earlier this month locals in the mega city started noticing the brightly coloured canines and were quite naturally perplexed by the phenomenon.
The strays often paddle through the water in search of food, so after putting two and two together, it was quite obvious to animal rights workers who the culprits were: the 1,000 factories that line the path of the river.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the bizarre colour of the dogs is the result of a reaction to toxic waste dumped into the Kasardi River in the city’s Navi district. Over the years, Mumbai has been plagued by heavy pollution as India’s booming economy has led to rapid industrialisation.
Unable to cope with the lack of landfills in the area, many companies have resorted to dumping their waste into the river.
To combat the problem, campaigners and dog welfare experts are now rallying against these companies to make sure all who dump their waste are fined and punished.
Arati Chauhan from the Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell told the press: ‘It was “shocking” to see the dogs’ white fur turned bright blue. We have spotted almost five such dogs here and have asked the pollution control board to act against such industries…we will take action against the polluters as they are destroying the environment.’
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