A man threw his four-month-old puppy off his first-floor balcony in Gurugram’s sector 42 as the pup had dropped his laptop while playing with it. The pup had also chewed through the DTH wires. The puppy was found after a neighbour heard its cries in the bushes. When she confronted the owner, he allegedly ran away.
“The couple, Dora Shlem and Phillip Maxwell, reached the spot too, and when I enquired from Maxwell, he denied doing anything and immediately fled in his car. His wife, Dora, told me everything,” the neighbour Arvind Kumar told MailToday.
Dora Shlem, the accused’s wife, has given a written confession and also told Mail Today, ‘Generally, we love her, but that day, it really damaged the whole laptop, chewed up wires and everything. My husband got angry and flung it.’
The puppy was taken to the CGS Pet Hospital in Gurugram by the Dora and neighbour Kumar. He has suffered a fracture in its right foreleg. The puppy is expected to make a full recovery.
The accused will most likely pay just fifty rupees for maiming the puppy. Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 has a provision for a maximum fine of Rs 50 for a first-time offender. A second-time offender faces a fine of Rs 100 and up to 3 months of imprisonment.
This is not the first time we have heard of a barbaric display of cruelty towards animals. In June 2016, two medical students from Chennai threw a dog off a two storey building terrace and filmed it.
Three puppies were burnt alive in Wazir Graveyard, Musheerabad in Hyderabad by a group of five-six young men who then uploaded it to Facebook.
One woman in Bangalore murdered eight puppies to teach their mother a lesson.
Despite all this violence and animosity towards strays in India, there are many people who still care for them. Animal lovers who wish to know about their legal protection can check them out here.