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Mumbai's 'blue dog' goes blind due to toxic dye, notice issued to company

By Anusha Ravi

Toxic dyes dumped into the Kasadi river in Mumbai is not just turning dogs blue but has also rendered one of the dogs blind.

Pollution in the Kasadi river is turning Mumbai dogs blue

The animal is now under treatment and veterinarians intend to treat all the dogs that are being affected due to the industrial dyes being dumped into the water body.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Thane has taken it upon itself to treat the animals suffering due to unchecked toxins being dumped into the river. Last week a video of strays with bright blue fur near the waterbody went viral. Activists claimed that a dip in the highly polluted water had turned the animals blue thanks to the dye dumped into it.

[What is turning Mumbai dogs blue?][What is turning Mumbai dogs blue?]

Five dogs have been identified to be treated by the veterinarians. The doctors said that one of the dogs had already turned blind because of the dye. Once treated, the animals will be released in the same locality. The plight of the dogs was a standing example of civic apathy and inhumane dumping of industrial waste into urban water bodies.

Notice issued to erring firm

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has issued notices to a firm accused of dumping industrial dye into the Kasadi river. The company has been given a 15-day deadline to follow pollution control nor failing which, it will be shut down. The firm is said to use blue dye to manufacture detergents.

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board officials alleged that the company not only discharged untreated dye into the water but also released residual dye powder into the air. All violations have been photographed. "The firm has violated norms under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981," said pollution control board officials.

A temporary gate has been set up to stop strays from entering the water and a detailed study on the chemical that affected the dogs will be conducted.

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