Day after ‘attack’ on 30 dogs at Mohali shelter, landlord arrested
Owner had alleged that the animals were attacked with acid, sticks and machete; police had denied claims saying it was a personal dispute between landlord and tenant
Police have arrested the landlord of the space where a woman is running an animal shelter home in Nandiali village near Airport Road, a day after she accused him of attacking 30 of her dogs with acid, sticks and a machete.
The landlord, 50-year-old Balwinder Singh who is a farmer by profession, was arrested while his 25-year-old son Jimmy is on the run. The woman, Resham Dhaliwal, had claimed that the dogs were brutally beaten up and then acid was thrown on them. Dhaliwal also alleged that police were not ready to register a case in the matter and had forced her to reach a compromise with her landlord.
Police, on the other hand, said there was no evidence to substantiate Dhaliwal’s claims and that it could all possibly be nothing more than a landlord-tenant dispute.
Dhaliwal met SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal and apprised him of the situation. Following this, Sohana police registered a case in the matter.
In her complaint, Dhaliwal stated, “I am running the shelter home inside a rented space. The dogs were attacked by by Balwinder, Jimmy and Dharminder. They were under the influence of alcohol at the tine and forcibly opened the doors of the sheds where the dogs are kept and attacked them with sticks and a machete. They also poured acid on them.”
Dhaliwal keeps stray dogs at the shelter home and also takes care of pets whose owners are out of station.
She added, “The landlord asked me to vacate the house a fortnight ago. I sought three months’ time but they got agitated and attacked the dogs.”
She even stated that 19 dogs were missing and 11 sustained injuries. Four pups were cut and injured. She said the landlord also attacked her and she hid to save herself.
Chahal said, “ We have registered a case but no dog was killed or harmed through an acid attack.”
A case was registered under Sections 379 (theft), 323 (causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.