Around 500 chicks killed by stray dogs
Varkala: Stray dogs attacked and killed around 500 chicks at the Muthana poultry farm in Chemmaruthi here. The stray dogs attacked SP poultry farm owned by Pushpangadan of Sunitha Bhavan in Vadakkathuvila. The dogs entered the farm by destroying the net that was set outside.
Around 600 hens reared at the farm are dead. The dogs have eaten many of the chicks and have bitten them severely.
The gruesome incident came to light when Pushpangadan opened the farm on Sunday morning. Seven stray dogs were inside the poultry farm when Pushpangadan opened the farm. They left the place after seeing him. Pushpangadan said that there were 500 chicks that were 32 days old and 100 chicks that were 55 days and ready for sale. Now, there are only less than 100 chicks that are alive. Among these, majority of chicks were in a weak condition due to the attack.
Pushpangadan stays a few yards away from the farm. He returned to his house after giving food and water to the chickens at 11.30 pm on Saturday. The neighbours said that they did not hear any sound in the night.
Though stray dogs are seen in the neighbourhood, this is the first time that the poultry farm has been attacked.
Kallambalam police, Chemmaruthi grama panchayat governing committee members and veterinary department officials visited the farm. The dead chicks were buried after conducting examination.
The chicks that survived were also killed taking their ill health into consideration. Pushpangadan said that a loss of Rs 1.75 lakh had occurred. Pushpangadan, who had returned from abroad, started the poultry farm to earn his livelihood. He had taken loan from the cooperative bank to start the farm. The stray dog attack has happened at a time when he was struggling to repay the loan.