Acid attack on stray dogs in localities of the city has grabbed attention of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Taking cognisance of the incident of acid attacks on eight stray dogs in an area, including in Sham Nagar locality, near bus stand, PETA has announced Rs 50,000 reward for the person who will provide information about the accused behind the attack against the dogs.
PETA has also formally informed the Ludhiana police regarding the award. The police have made an announcement in Sham Nagar and the surrounding areas about the award and have been seeking response from the public.
In the official communication with the police, chief executive officer of PETA India Poorva Joshipura said, "Anyone cruel enough to burn dogs with the acid must be apprehended immediately for everyone's safety as those who torture and abuse animals can equally be dangerous to humans."
The number of stray dogs burnt by acid has increased to eight since December last year with the fresh attacks occurring a few of days back.
Acid attacks on dogs came to light in December last year, when the area residents saw four stray dogs with burn injuries. It was found that someone had poured acid on the dogs.
A local shopkeeper, Vipan Bhatia, who is former founder member of Pakshi Sewa Samiti, had administrated treatment to the injured dogs and also lodged an FIR at the division number 5 police station in this context.
Bhatia said, "The police have initiated action and have questioned some suspects. After some days more dogs were seen with similar injuries. I have treated as many as eight dogs with burn injuries. It is possible that miscreants have been using acid against the stray dogs that are biggest hurdles for them in executing burglaries," said Bhatia.
SHO at division number 5 police station inspector Beant Juneja said, "The police have already registered a case in this context and have been trying to arrest the accused." Juneja has also welcomed the gesture of PETA and said the police would conceal the identity of the person who will provide information about the accused.