Two monkeys captured after hundreds of puppies died in Indian village

File Image: Residents of Lavool village in India’s Maharashtra state say monkeys killed puppies in the area (Getty Images)

Two monkeys have been captured by the Indian state of Maharashtra’s forestry department for allegedly killing puppies in what villagers described as an “act of revenge”.

Residents of Lavool village in the Beed district of the state say monkeys killed puppies by carrying them up trees or onto rooftops and leaving them to die.

Locals claimed the incidents were retaliation after some dogs mauled a baby monkey to death. There is no evidence to support these claims, although images on social media have shown monkeys carrying puppies.

Acting on reports of killed pups, the Beed District Forest Authority captured two monkeys on Sunday. They will then be released into a forest.

“Two monkeys involved in the killing of numerous puppies have been captured by a team from Nagpur Forest Department in Beed,” Beed Forest Officer Sachin Kand told news agency ANI.

According to locals, more than 250 puppies have been killed by monkeys in the past three months since the “revenge cycle” began.

“Such incidents have occurred over the past three months. These two monkeys come to our village. They take the puppies with them to the roof of houses or any other high place,” said resident Radhakishan Sonawane. PTI News Agency.

“At such a height, these puppies do not receive any food or water. Therefore, they died naturally many times. But sometimes they fell from a height and died. Over 200 puppies lost their lives in our village,” he added.

Panicked villagers say they contacted the authorities for help after the monkeys started attacking the children, but authorities have not captured the animals so far.

The village of Lavool, which has 5,000 inhabitants, would no longer have puppies.

Christina A. Kroll