Stray dogs in India are emerging from an Indian river Smurf blue — and untreated industrial waste may be the culprit.
There Are Blue Dogs In India, But The Reason Why Is Heartbreaking.
That teeth-grinding development comes to us from Navi Mumbai, a planned township located on India's western coast with about 1.1 million residents.
According to Live Science, the region is home to more than 1,000 pharmaceutical, food, and engineering factories.
And thanks to lax environmental protections, these companies are alleged to routinely dump toxic chemicals into the nearby waterways, including the Kasadi River, that wind through the area.
To date, there have been at least 5 sightings of local pups tinted a huckleberry hue from this exposure. Minus permanent homes to call their own, these good boys are said to surf rivers and canals for scraps of food. 😢
With media reports of the unwanted phenomenon finding traction in both India and here stateside, a regulatory body, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), has stepped in to investigate further.
Thought its findings are still preliminary, early tests have revealed that the Kasadi is too polluted to safely support human or animal life.
The agency is also zeroing in on one factory rumored to be using a blue dye in products such as detergents; at the moment, the area around it has been roped off to prevent more dogs from wading into its waters.
While only dogs have been spotted in this shocking shade thus far, environmentalists are concerned that reptiles and birds might suffer a similar fate.