Three cows and two calves that had been starving for five days in a locked house at a village near Chengalpet was rescued by a Blue Cross team on Wednesday.
Suresh, a resident of P V Kalathur village where the house is located, said an attempt to murder a person and a suicide occurred there and one person was arrested. The two families living there then abandoned the house, leaving the cattle to fend for themselves.
Blue Cross general manager Dawn Williams said he received a call from Suresh who told him the cattle had been starving for almost five days.
The almost constant mooing of the cows and the calves, struggling without feed or water, was heart rending, but none of the villagers ventured to help. They feared they could be accused of trying to help those involved in the attempt to murder at the house, Suresh said.
One of the cows, which was found to be in an advanced state of pregnancy, was very weak and suffering from high fever. The cow was provided the required treatment a the spot, Williams added.
Water and feed were provided to all the cattle and they were transported to the Chengalpet taluk police station.
The Blue Cross officials then requested police to allow the cattle to be housed at the organisation's shelter in Velachery till the actual owners came and claimed them.