The dog that was seen being thrown off a roof in a viral video is alive and undergoing treatment, the police and animal welfare activists said on Tuesday.
The video showed a man throwing the dog off a five-storey building in Chennai and drew sharp criticism from animal lovers and activists, many of whom offered cash rewards to find the culprit.
The man in the clip, identified as Gautman Sudarshan, a medical student at Kundrathur in Kancheepuram district, nonchalantly looks into the camera before the video switches to a slow-motion shot of the helpless animal being flung off the roof and falling to the ground with a thud.
The dog has a fracture and is being treated, police said. The incident is believed to have taken place about two weeks ago.
An activist posted a video of the dog:
That never ending Wagging tail ?????? pic.twitter.com/gNLYUMvGb2— Karthik Dhandapani (@iamkarthikd) July 5, 2016
Sudarshan and his classmate, Ashish Paul, who allegedly recorded the video, went missing from the college premises after the video was widely shared on the social media.
It drew criticism from all quarters, with several viewers demanding justice for the dog. A number of TV channels too showed the horrific video. Watch the video below. (Warning: disturbing content)
“Humane Society International/India is offering a reward of Rs 100,000 to anyone who is willing to volunteer valid information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this evil,” Sally Kannan, outreach consultant at Humane Society International, wrote on Facebook.
A case under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act has been filed against the duo.