Thane SPCA receives tip offs about animal cruelties and illegal keeping of wildlife many times a week. In the last week of December 2012, quite a few people from Bhayander reported a family keeping several mongoose, Turtles and Black Kites inside their garden and home. All these animals are classifieds as wildlife and no citizen is allowed to be in possession of such animals in our country. The neighbors were scouting for an organization to complain to since many months as they were fed up of seeing the animals in captivity.
Action had to be well planned. First we had to confirm that the complaint was true. To do this, our support staff pretended to catch an injured dog in the area and went up and down the bungalow a few times. The mongoose could clearly be seen. A couple of black kites also could be seen inside the room. The turtles however were out of sight. Since the Forest Dept would not be available till after Christmas, we decided to tell them after the 25th to ensure that the news did not leak out. To ensure that they accompany us, we offered our ambulance to carry the animals back.
A cognizable complaint was lodged by the Forest officials and the animals were all handed over to the Department.
Thane SPCA regularly provides the Thane Forest department with personnel and vehicle back up. This time we will appeal to the Forest Department to provide their Officers with a back up Team in case of emergencies and definitely with some basic arms like batons for self defense. Till then, Thane SPCA has offered the Mumbai Forest Office the services of our staff and ambulance, albeit with a few days prior notice to schedule their daily rescue work.