Three dogs were shot dead by an unidentified man in Hyderabad late on Monday, making it the fourth incident of cruelty towards animals within a month in the city, police said on Tuesday.
According to Tappa Chabutra Police, they received a call late in the evening from residents of Sri Alluri Sitarama Raju Colony in Gudimalkapur area that they saw a person fleeing after shooting the dogs.
“We rushed to the spot and found the stray dogs lying in a pool of blood. The locals, however, could not identify who the person was,” inspector B Ravinder said.
Neighbourhood people told police that the stray dogs were creating a lot of nuisance by continuously barking at passers-by. “Somebody might have got frustrated with them and decided to kill them,” they said.
Police booked a case under Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sent the bodies to a veterinary hospital for an autopsy to determine the kind of weapon that was used to kill them. A person can be sent to jail for five years or punished with a fine, or with both, under the section.
“We suspect that somebody from a local farmhouse belonging to a real estate dealer might have killed the dogs. We are investigating into the matter,” Ravinder said.
On July 16, a group of boys burnt three puppies alive in Musheerabad area of the city, filmed their act and posted it on Facebook. In another incident that surfaced a couple of days later, a man shot dead a stray dog with his airgun and the video of his act also went viral on social media.
In the third incident, some unknown people killed a pregnant dog by throwing acid on its face and two other canines by poisoning their food on July 28 in Secunderabad.
Convenor of Hyderabad chapter of the Humane Society International, Navamita Mukherjee, expressed concern over the growing number of incidents of cruelty towards dogs in the city.
“Unless there is a stringent punishment for such heinous acts, people continue to resort to killing of dogs since they can get away with a penalty of just Rs 50,” she told HT.