Police arrested one of them identified as Hitesh Patel (31), a sanitation worker in the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). Cops are working to trace another person seen along with him.
The sight of a dog being dragged along the road has evoked viral horror. The brutality of the act does not diminish even if the dog were dead, as claimed by the perpetrator. The gratuitous cruelty as seen in the clip is in some measure encouraged by police’s reluctance to act in such cases. Authorities must invoke the relevant laws and award exemplary punishment to humans who act like beasts with animals.
Saloni Rathi, a resident of Althan, lodged a complaint with Khatodara police station on Tuesday after seeing the video on an instant messaging app. Police identifid Patel from the registration number of the motorcycle which was also seized.
Patel is seen wearing his uniform and holding one end of the rope with the other tied around the dog’s neck. His friend was driving the motorcycle. The video was shot ner Bhagwan Mahavir College in Vesu area.
Patel was booked under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and various sections of Indian Penal Code including 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle).
“Patel claims that the dog was dead and he was taking the body for disposal,” said Khatodara police.
However, animal activists argued that the canine was alive. “Movement of the dog’s leg and resistance is clearly visible in the video. The dog was alive. There is one agency hired by SMC which is responsible for disposal of bodies,” said Darshan Desai, volunteer of Prayas Team Environment.
Around a fortnight ago, a video of three dogs writhing in pain after being fed something poisonous in Pandesara area had also gone viral. Police had arrested two persons for cruelty.
“These incidents are alarming. We, as smart city residents, need to treat our animals in a better way. We need long-term plans for sterilization, vaccination and sensitization of citizens in connection with animals,” added Desai.