Bright blue dogs are cropping up around the city of dreams, Mumbai -- but before you try to put your name down with any designer dog breeders, know that the reason behind their odd colouring is actually pretty awful.
Activist Arati Chauhan, head of the Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell, says “dye-producing factories in the Taloja industrial region have been dumping unprocessed chemical waste into the Kasadi river, which stray dogs often drink from and swim in.”
According to Arati, this polluted water is not only sickening the local pooches -- it is also turning their fur a bright shade of blue.
“It was shocking to see how the dog’s white fur had turned completely blue," Arati said. "We have spotted almost five such dogs here and have asked the pollution control board to act against such industries that are spreading unprocessed chemical waste into the Kasadi river.”
According to a news paper, local fishermen also submitted a complaint to the state government in 2016 after fish started dying in large quantities in the same river due to pollution from nearby factories.