Why are There Blue Dogs in Mumbai?

April Livingston | August 15th, 2017

There is something quite unbelievable happening in India right now. In the country’s capital city of Mumbai, dogs are turning a mysteriously bright shade of blue. It is quite the bizarre sight to all who see these dogs wandering the streets. Locals are baffled and it seems that many of these dogs turned this bright shade of blue after they took a swim in the nearby river. While this color might seem funny or incredible, there is concern that something more dangerous is causing this phenomenon. Specifically, it is believed these dogs turned blue after taking a swim in a very polluted nearby river.

The dogs, which were found in the Taloja industrial area of Navi Mumbai, are increasing in numbers. It is believed that this is caused by all of the nearby factories along the river. Companies that include food, pharmaceuticals, and engineering facilities line the banks of the Kasadi River. All of the businesses have been dumping untreated pollutants into the water, making it scarce with marine life and unfit to be consumed by human beings. Many people believe the dogs waded into the waters of the river to find food and instead encountered chemicals in the water that caused their light fur to turn bright blue.

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Members of the Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell have spoken out about this issue, filing a complaint with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to address the issue. The Animal Protection Group is concerned that a dye has been released by an industrial plant that can prove unhealthy or even fatal to animals or humans who encounter it or live nearby.

There are approximately five dogs that were discovered in the area with blue fur, though there could be more affected by the dye or detergent in the water. The MPCB has identified the issue and were given seven days to clean the river. In the meantime, the dogs are being restored to their original (non-blue) color.

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