People for Animals, India’s largest animals rights organisation, on Tuesday filed a police complaint alleging that a missing pet dog had been first brutally beaten to death and then its meat consumed by some men.
The complaint stated that the dog had been kidnapped by a group of people from DLF Phase-II area around a month ago.
The dog’s — called Brownie — owner Anupama Srivastav, noticed the disappearance of her pet on April 1. Srivastava first made enquiries in her neighbourhood before filing a missing complaint to the police on April 17.
Later, Srivastava also printed 2000 posters of Brownie and announced a reward of Rs 5,000 to anyone who could provide information to her regarding her pet’s whereabouts.
Srivastava was later contacted by two persons who informed her that her dog was taken to a house near Sikanderpur village community centre and its mouth and legs tied. The canine was beaten to death by a gang of men later, she was informed.
Srivastava then immediately complained to People for Animals regarding the incident and requested them to intervene. “A video later surfaced showing the pet being beaten and killed for its meat. We have the evidence and we have handed it to the police,” said Amit Chaudhery, president, People for Animals, Gurgaon. He said one of the videos also shows the men consuming cooked meat suspected to be of the dog.
A complaint has been filed with the DLF Phase-II police station regarding the incident. A FIR has been filed under section 379 (theft) and 429 (mischief by killing or maiming an animal) of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 11(1) (a) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, police said.
“We have lodged a complaint and after initial investigations can say that the dog was indeed abducted. Further enquiry in this case is l on,” said inspector Sudeep Singh, station house officer, DLF Phase-II police station.
He added that whether the dog’s meat was later consumed or not was still being investigated.