On the 4th of June, Team PFA led by Executive Officer Mr. Dattatraya Joshi; GHSPCA, Bharatiya Prani Mitra Sangh and other senior volunteers like Srinivas Rao and Shantilalji sprung into action and stopped the camel handlers. An FIR was lodged against the accused on the same day and the interim custody of the animals was granted to PFA.
After the rescue we found that 90% of the camels were sick. They were dehydrated and starved with their ribs showing, and their hooves were damaged due to the long walk of over 800 miles. They were not given enough food or water during the journey. All the camels were wounded badly due to resting their huge bodies against the tough surfaces as opposed to the soft sand that they’re used to. The unattended wounds during the long travel were now severe with maggots eating away their live tissues from the inside. There were pregnant camels, calves and lactating ones as well.
On the 5th of June, nine of the camel handlers who had been produced in court for violating IPC section 429, PC Act and Transport rules were sent to Cherlapally jail in remand for two weeks. On the 22nd of June, the petition filed by the camel butchers had been dismissed by the Vikarabad Magistrate. The court didn’t accept their ownership of the camels in the first place! We would like to thank the honorable magistrate, the entire PFA Team, GHSPCA and BPMS.