Around 150 dogs were found buried alive in a pit in the Tammadihalli forest in India after locals heard them barking.

Police have launched an investigation after terrified pets were found in a 15-20 feet deep ditch at Ranganathapura in Shivamogga district of Karnataka, reports said.

The authorities have filed an FIR and preliminary investigations revealed that the shocking incident took place on September 4.

According to The News Minute, the incident was reported after some animal rights activists were alerted by the locals who could hear the suspicious barking of the dogs and tracked the source of the sound.

The FIR has been filed at the Bhadravathi Rural police station under Section 11 and 429 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of the Indian Penal Code.

The exact number of dogs killed and buried could not be ascertained but it is believed around 150 were found.

Shivamogga SP Laxmi Prasad said an expert team comprising veterinarians is conducting an inspection of the spot and will submit a report to the department.

A few weeks ago, around 38 monkeys were found killed and abandoned in a village in Hassan district, prompting the Karnataka High Court to direct the state government to take action against the culprits.

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The news comes following other cruel reports from the area in August as 38 monkeys were found dead in a village situated in the Hasan district of Karnataka.

They were allegedly being shifted to a forest area in gunny bags but they died of suffocation, according to

The Karnataka High court took immediate probe of the incident and advised the state government to take actions against the culprits.

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A preliminary probe suggested a couple, working as monkey capturers, were hired by owners of a farm as they wanted to keep them away. They were paid Rs 40,000, officials said.

The couple, identified as Yashoda and Ramu reportedly caught hold of 50 monkeys by luring them with food. The villagers had hired them to catch the monkeys for

Yashodha and Ramu claimed they fed the monkeys for a week and then on July 28, they stuffed them in a gunny bag to shift them to the forest area when the monkeys suffocated and died, officials added.

Reports say police arrested up to 7 suspects including the couple in connection with the incident.

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