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AWS Queens Road Bangalore: Report on findings point to merciless killing, not just callousness

Posted on | September 2, 2011 | 31 Comments

A pile of dead puppies

This is an account of inspection of AWS Queens Road facility in Bangalore. The volunteers were Rakesh Shukla, Kelly Johnson, Levin, Mansi Yalamalli & Jayasal. Detailed photo-record at the bottom of the report.

Day 1:  Aug 27th, 2011

The team of volunteers arrived at 1100 AM on Sat, Aug 27th, 2011. We found the following

Inside the AWS facility:

  1. All the doors were closed and no manager nor vet was around.
  2. All except 1 van had gone out to catch dogs for ABC – this van had a puncture and was still at the premises.
  3. We were informed that the manager was on leave and no records can be made available either that day (Sat), or Sunday.
  4. Kennels were dirty with overbearing stench of urine. There were 3 dogs still in the nets from the previous day
  5. A 1 month old puppy was in the kennel – this was a case of complaint case – but was a very friendly if traumatized puppy. No complaint sheet was available for this puppy.
  6. 1 dead dog in a plastic bag was in a kennel with another dog in a net lying next to it
  7. No live dogs had any water or food available to them.
  8. On photographing the place the workers immediately started releasing the dogs from the nets into the kennels
  9. No one could give an explanation on why the dogs were in the nets, without food or water.

Immediate vicinity of the building:

  1. There were 2 small dogs, malnourished and frightened one neutered – right outside the building. They would not come near any human. We were told that the mother ‘ran away’.
  2. Next door is a toilet used by the workers, and adjoining this is a disused room. This room was littered with refuse and litter, and is evidently used as a toilet by workers (there is human faeces all around)
  3. This room had 10 puppies in it: 3 were barely alive, 7 were dead and in several stages on decomposition.  I estimate these 3 puppies to be at least from 3 litters.
  4. We were informed that these are the puppies of complaint dogs (females) – either the females have run away or died and the puppies are left in this room by the staff of AWS. All workers were aware of it – there was no attempt made to make any food or water available to them. [NB: The 3 live puppies were rescued and brought back by the team.}


Details of release & records were made available only on the arrival of Dr Piran Jt Dr Animal Husbandry, BBMP at approx 1230PM.  The following was absorved:

  1. Dr Piran was not aware the dogs are being kept overnight – they were to be released the same day as per his understanding
  2. The vets, workers & drivers confirmed that dogs are dropped the ‘next day’ as a practice. These are supposed to be dropped as per the pick up sheets of the day before.
  3. No-one could explain how would the dogs be dropped in the right area since the drop zone of day 1 and pick up area of day 2 are different areas.
  4. The staff insisted that the day being Sat they WILL release the dogs on Sunday (later proved false)

Record keeping & tagging:

  1. Pickup and release:
    • When the vans came back with the catch of ABC dogs – not one of the vans was carrying any pick up sheets of the of the last day. ALL drops were made from memory of the van drivers!
  2. Complaints:
    • Complaint sheets already with the staff there were insufficient details the nature of complaint or who made the complaint.
    • There is NO tagging of complaint dogs already there.
    • On the complaint dogs brought in there were 2 dogs , one with tagging number 13 , the other one with tagging 14, but on the complaint sheet there was no number
    • One of the complaints is that the dog is too old!  There was no answer on what will be done with a complaint such as this. No tagging was available so no-one could say where (if at all) these dogs will be dropped.
  3. Tagging:
    • Group C: There were two nets with number C2, so which one is the right C2C 5 was missing.  As you can see on the sheet C5 and C2 are both female. One was ‘chosen’ to be C5 and the other c2.
    • Group D: There was no net with D1. The rest of the number were correct but this group had one complaint as well without a tagging. Therefor it can’t be ascertained which dog was the complaint and which one was the D1?

Surgery/ ABC procedure:

  1. Workers who should only be taking the dogs out of the net are are giving sedatives and anesthesia.
  2. There was one vet assistant for 36 dogs and 2 workers
  3. Injections are being prepared in large numbers and just randomly put into the dogs muscle area.
  4. No medical sheet was prepared – when asking for previous sheets, vets , assistants were not able to provide these.
  5. The 1st dog to under surgery woke up within a minute of incision because of insuffient anesthetic. The vets insisted that this happens often and there is nothing to worry about.

Day 2: Aug 28th 2011

The volunteers arrived at AWS at 5AM and were present till 4PM. The following was observed:

  1. None of the 36 dogs from the previous day had been released. All were in kennels
  2. None of the dogs had food or water available to them
  3. 2 dogs from Friday including 1 complaint puppy and 1 adult were still also there.
  4. No dogs had any tags on them to identify them
  5. One  dog was in a bad condition, losing blood from its testicles. Volunteers prevailed on AWS & BBMP management and insisted on getting medical attention to this dog.
  6. On making several phone calls the staff arrived and the volunteer team ensured the release of dogs on Sunday. Else the dogs would be released on Monday. Note: Without pressurizing officials like BBMP and Mr. Srinivasulu the dogs would have not been released, nor a vet or manager would have been reachable.
  7. The release was done by just taking the color, which is applied by paint on the head of the dog and which was written on the release sheet. It was not possible to bring the dogs back to the same location, just to the approximate area.
  8. 3 colors painted on the dogs  were  green, blue and yellow. On the sheets, though, it was green, orange and yellow!
  9. The 2 dogs from Friday, 26th & 2 complaint dogs from 27th with no records were just taken and promised to be put in a safe place.

Day 3: Aug 29th 2011

Volunteers reached at 1315 to check on the brown male dog recovering from the testicle operation. The following was observed:

  1. The ‘complaint pup’ was back.
  2. 5 more dogs were found in a vehicle. He had got them based on a complaint from 2 areas. The manager and drivers could not reply on how long will the dogs be kept and what is the action taken on them. They insisted it would be 10-15 days. The dogs were moved into kennels.
  3. The volunteer called Dr Piran and then within minutes all the 5 dogs were sent to CUPA. Even against our insisting the ‘complaint puppy was also sent to CUPA. The complaint lodged was for  2 dogs only but the team of drivers caught 5 dogs as they got their hands on them. Out of the 5 dogs that were brought 3 were neutered and 2 were not ; one of them was an 4 month pup.

It is clear from the ineptitude of the management of the AWS facility that they are illequipped for any ABC procedure. Also the failiure is not because of volume of the ABC surgery being performed but basic lack understanding the staff  of their roles and expectations. It clearly deduced that the ABC SOP is being followed only in absentia.


31 Responses to “AWS Queens Road Bangalore: Report on findings point to merciless killing, not just callousness”

  1. Cherida Hivale
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

    WTF – How are organisations getting away with this? I’m sick of hearing excuses from the authorities and AW regulatory bodies. So much evidence, so much noise and still this continues!! Why aren’t the authorities doing anything? If they can’t do their jobs they should be sacked – all of them. Replaced by committed people who want to change things instead of just making a quick buck.

  2. bosky
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    It’s heart breaking to know the amount of cruelty human race is capable of.. Wonder why no one ever empathizes with the pain the animals go through.. it’s high time we realize and rise for some action!

  3. Geraldine Essoussi
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    This is ABSOLUTELY cruel:-(

  4. Nadir
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    Thank god some animal lovers went and saw this horrible place.Who runs AWS?? This place need an immediate overhaul.

  5. Helen Parker Sayde
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    Shame on these people and in India for letting it happen. The world is watching you now and you will be punished for your evil behaviour in this life, and in the next. I don’t know how you can sleep at night. How would you like to be treated like this? You are a disgrace to humanity and I urge the authorities to ACT NOW to stop this.

  6. Smita Joshi
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    What is this rubbish. Why is nothing being done about this? Why are the authorities silent? Is the whole animal welfare movement just a sham? Why is AWBI and Ministry of Env and Forests letting all this happen?

  7. Kirat
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    This is a repeat of the Hyderabad situation. I can vouch for the fact that there are many more cities following the same inhuman ways. How do people sleep at night? This is horrible. It’s beyond my understanding.

  8. Smita Joshi
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    People please write to animal welfare board of India and request stringent processes for the ABC work. There should be standard operating procedures laid out and work done accordingly. Please also write to Dr. Piran of the BBMP to stop AWS from performing any more surgeries in Bangalore. Gen. Kharb, Chairperson, Animal Welfare Board of India drkharbrm@yahoo.co.in & Dr. Piran of BBMP drpiran@gmail.com

  9. Carla
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    My god, i’m whith tears in my eyes…this is horror, inhuman! I will not visit India, as long as a country of horror and abuse to animals and will disseminate these atrocities, so that others know …!

  10. Ambarkumar Gupta
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    Thank you for exposing Dr Piran and his gang! When my daughter wrote him he denied all accusations, and vigourously defended killing of stray dogs!

  11. Mansi Yalamalli
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    and day 4, & 5 & 6…… Nothing changes. The management is the culprit. Workers will work if instructed, monitored & salaries paid on time. Where is the management????

  12. Prashant
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    WTH !!!! clear cut ignorance, insanity, heartless treatment to the puppies. This is so much better facility than GHMC, hyderabad. Alteast they have kennels here but what a waste of facility !! Lazy ass people don’t work unless get a slap on their butt. The management staff should be replaced with NGOs who will monitor and manage this place. god damn waste of money and lives of countless innocent dogs.

  13. vijaya
    September 3rd, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    Shame on these people making money by killing dogs! They should be given the same tratment like the one they give to those poor souls only then shall they know what the pain is! As is said ‘as you sow so you reap’. These devils will have a day when they have to pay for all the barbaric acts; no one can save them from it!

  14. LEVIN
    September 5th, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    In picture essay – the dog with paint in eyes & bleeding with swollen testicles, was shifted from AWS to another hospital by the volunteers of http://www.strays.in. Regret to update that the dog died on 3rd September at 1.30 PM – due to internal bleeding and gastroenteritis. Good bye my poor doggie friend… may your soul rest in peace.

    Your organs are safe with AWO and now even paid for by BBMP as are of the other dead cousins’ we found when we arrived.
    Guaranteed you will find many of your cousins would lose their organs and their souls when you reach heaven.

  15. Meher
    September 5th, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    Please wake up to animal cruelty. This is abhorable. We say there are animal laws and animal rights, but we see them being blatantly flouted. Unless the penalties are heavily defined these atrocities will continue. I always wonder if enough anesthesia is administered to the canines before ABC or any other surgery. Have asked the hospital authorities on n number of occassions and have received a very positive reply which i chose to believe for my sanity. The pertinent authorities need to awaken for the sake of these innocent animals whose only fault is their existence in this cruel world of selfish mean and callous people.

  16. richa
    September 24th, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    i dont even know if ABC should be allowed to be done by govt shelters. this is just heart wrenching.

  17. Matrayi
    September 24th, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Firstly, kudos to the volunteers who took this important step and documented every piece of evidence that establishes the current state of our so called ‘shelters’. You guys took this great initiative and took a tangible step forward by recording all this meticulously.

    I’m amazed by the way you recorded each and every detail. It only proves to show that each and every stray dog’s life is important to you, and you cannot let any one of those poor victims go unnoticed. I’m deeply touched. Thank you!

    Now, it is important to make sure that our message is conveyed to the lame authorities as we have sufficient evidence.

    If only we could file a case against this agency, it would make matters severe and we could follow a legal course of action. But I’m not familiar with this recourse. Someone with legal knowledge should advice us.

    I hope you guys continue to share records from similar raids. We could establish a website dedicated to unveiling the evil that surrounds these shelters through these agencies, eventually.

  18. straysadmin
    September 24th, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    Richa – this is not a govt shelter. AWS is an NGO operating in multiple cities and states. To the best of our knowledge using similar methods and those illustrated here.

  19. jasmine
    February 11th, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    this will continue if there is no punishment for such negligence and cruelty. bring that damn doctor to task and his goons. how can aws appoint such people? do they not screen and keep checks. what is the point starting an NGO which is crappy in its dealing. shut down AWS. it is not helping.

  20. Shawn
    June 5th, 2012 @ 2:54 am

    Why are we even wasting tax money on DOGS? Kill all that are stray and put facilities only for the ones which are pets. Every day someone is bit or faces an accident situation due to presence of too many dogs on roads.I guess human life is equal to a Dog’s life nowadays.

  21. Amala
    June 6th, 2012 @ 2:09 am

    Shawn, What you mean kill all the strays? They are God’s creation for heavensake. First of all, stop posting these comments here. We humans should learn to teach the kids not to trouble the innocent species. And if we let the strays starve all the time, its obvious they start hunting for food. In our colony, we feed all the strays together and they have been very protective than the local gaurds. I think you have been provoking the strays in your area and they attacked you in return. They need to be rescued from you.

  22. Amala
    June 6th, 2012 @ 2:12 am

    Why dont we all start a protest please? Just the way they keep doing it in Canada against seal slaughter? We should fight back until justice, Or this will continue. Please this should be wake up call for everyone.

  23. Madhu
    June 6th, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    straysadmin – pls let me make this comment. i soo want to tell this! maybe atleast you can mail this to him!

    -for you telling ‘Kill all that are stray’ – how the hell did u end up on this site, you seem to have strayed?
    -lots more people die due to accidents, murders etc etc caused by ‘people’. and u are soo shallow to blame dogs! are u ‘human’!? know the meaning of ‘compassion’?
    -well said on ‘human life is equal to a Dog’s life nowadays – this is indeed true & has been for a very long time! you are contradicting your own statement to kill them!

    -first be ‘human’ and understand ‘being human’! & then lets talk…

  24. Vivek Phadnis
    June 6th, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    Shawn, catching and killing all stray dogs also cannot be done for free. Culling of stray dogs has been going on from British times. Did the problem go away?
    Sterlising dogs is one of the methods recommended by the World Health Organisation. Neutering them reduces aggressiveness. The problem is that BBMP does not concentrate on clearing garbage properly. If there is no garbage on the streets, dogs will die out eventually.

  25. Himani
    June 7th, 2012 @ 12:58 am

    Shawn – Life is Life isn’t it? Just because you’re humans and they are dogs doesn’t make your life superior to them. Killing in inhuman, barbaric, incompassionate. They also feel pain, they also get hurt, they also shed tears. Everyday someone or the other gets killed, should we start aboloshing human life as well?

  26. Sundara
    June 11th, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    do you have school going children?

    do you return home (walking )late from work? did someone from your family die due to fatal bite of a rabies striken stray dog? Probably not, as you look like elitist, car owning, rich fashionistas having a good time making internet statements on kindness to stray dogs.


    just shutup.

    Can you bring back precious little lives of kids attacked by dangerous stray dogs. Shame on you


  27. Thomas
    June 13th, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    I was bitten few days back during morning walk and is taking injections now.The same batch of dogs attempted again after a few days , But I some how managed to escape.I have 2 small kids and I cant imagine if they happened to be in such a situation – Lot of stray dogs around my area and I don’t know what to do except carry a stone.I will be happy to assist who ever takes steps to solve this issue.All the fellows here will do the same once they are chased by a bunch of dogs !.

  28. Yash Raj
    July 27th, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    This thing can only happen in our very own fuckin country… Everyday, there are countless number of animals that suffer just because they are born in a country where people do not care about their lives. Shame on you! DIE IN HELL!!!

  29. Manoj
    February 5th, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    Please handle the animals with care . Do not kill them, operating them in a hygienic and clean place with proper equipment’s. The staff working here seemed to be illiterate and not educated, which government organization entertains all these drunken people to experiment it on innocent sad dogs !

    March 6th, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    If all of us look after at least one stray dog, this problem will be no more. PLEASE do so and also spread this message like a bushfire to others.

  31. shilpa samuel
    August 11th, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

    This is absolutely inhumane, disturbing and heartbreaking .People and organisations who do not love and respect animals should never be allowed to work with and around animals. So called organisations who cal themselves to be” animal welfare” should be inspected often on mandatory grounds and should be subject to heavy penalties for carrying out inhumane practices.

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