Mumbai, August 23: There was news mongering; the dogs turning blue in Mumbai, as now authorities have shut down a manufacturing company as it was accused of dumping untreated industrial waste and dyes into a local river that resulted in 11 dogs turning blue.
The group of strangely coloured canines was first spotted on 11 August after locals complained to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board about dyes being dumped in the Kasadi River, where the animals often swim. The Kasadi runs through Taloja, Mumbai's dense industrial zone home to nearly 1000 factories, data from the Mumbai-based Watchdog Foundation shows.
“It was shocking to see how the dog’s white fur had turned completely blue,” said Arati Chauhan, head of the Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell. “We have spotted almost five such dogs here and have asked the pollution control board to act against such industries.”
"The bizzare incident brought to the forefront the dangers posed by these firms which fail to comply with environmental norms." Chauhan wrote to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, a state body, to complain, and posted images of the dyed dogs online.
The board intervened, shutting down the factory for breaching laws on waste disposal, after pictures of the egg-shell blue dogs went viral online. "We have shut down the erring firm after it was found they were flouting norms and endangering animals in the vicinity," Jayant Hajare, the board's sub-regional officer said. Officials were also monitoring the health of the dogs, Hajare added.