New Mumbai had quite the peculiar sight as locals observed a few stray dogs padding along the streets and sporting a vivid shade of blue on their furs.
As unique as they may look, it seems that these canines may likely have taken a dip in a heavily polluted river or body of water.
The dogs were seen in the Taloja industrial area of Navi Mumbai, where a lot of food, pharmaceutical, and engineering factories are found. These factories are situated along the banks of the local Kasadi River, and are reported to have been throwing their wastes and pollutants into the river.
Not only this, but the river now hardly supports life and is completely unfit for human consumption as well!
Analysts suspect that the dogs could have dived into the river to search for food, while also encountering a chemical thrown into the water that’s responsible for dying their fur blue.
The blue dogs were photographed by members of the Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell, who also complained to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) of the situation, since this dye could pose hazardous effects on the health of the animals and people who living near the river.
According to Arati Chauhan, a resident of Navi Mumbai, “It was shocking to see how the dog’s white fur had turned completely blue. We have spotted almost five such dogs here and have asked the pollution control board to act against such industries.”
The local pollution control board also found that the culprit is a company that makes washing detergents, and they have been given seven days to clear these pollutants.