The Rajasthan Police have booked a man in Jaipur for not taking care of his puppy which led to the latter's death and are planning to charge-sheet him under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, according to the police on Tuesday.
Earlier on August 28, some animal rights activists lodged an FIR against the dog owner, Kishen, under Section 3/11 of the cruelty to animal act for not taking good care of his maggot-infested pet, which led to the puppy's death. Kishen is a resident of Jorawar Singh Gate area of Jaipur’s walled city. He had bought the Pug (a breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail) infested with maggots for Rs 4,000 from a breeder six days back.
Jaipur Federation of Animal Protection Organisations (JFAPO) facilitator Rohit Gangwal said on August 27, Kishen had consulted the veterinary facility of the Help In Suffering, an NGO. The vets suggested immediate surgery of the dog to save his life . But, Kishen reportedly told them that he would like to consult other vets before taking a call.
The vets removed the maggots from the dog’s mouth after giving him a sedative to save his life.“However, we were doubtful so we kept tracking him till he switched off his phone. We landed at his house around 9pm when he said the dog had died and he had dumped it near Galta Gate area,” Rohit said.
Meanwhile, dog owner Kishen said that the dog seller cheated him by giving him a wounded Pug. “He didn’t show me the puppy before I made the payment. If I had been negligent I wouldn’t have taken the pet to Jagatpura (a veterinary hospital) and then to the Help in Suffering facility. The vet suggested euthanasia but I was against it so I brought it back. The dog died a few hours laters.”
The animal rights activists under the JFAPO banner managed to locate the body around midnight and buried it later. Next morning – on August 28 – they reported the matter with the Subhash Chowk police.
Station house officer Dinesh Rajora said, “We registered the case and have found after investigation that Kishen had committed cruelty to the dog (by ignoring the doctors’ advice to save the pet’s life).”
“We will file the charge-sheet soon,” he said.
Shaily Dhiman of People For Animals (PFA) said, “Kishen bought the dog for breeding. Had he given him timely treatment, the dog could have been saved. It is high time we stopped shopping and started adopting pets.”