Hyderabad was witness to yet another act of cruelty against dogs, as the watchman of an apartment in Bowenpally allegedly burnt two puppies alive.
The puppies were reported to be less than two years old, and the incident is said to have occurred on Monday near the Dairy Farm Road.
The Bowenpally police have booked a case against the watchman, identified as Ramakrishna, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
The incident came to light after People for Animals (PFA) filed a complaint.
“On the pretext of clearing wild growth, the watchman Ramakrishna burnt two of the three puppies. One of the puppies died a day after the incident on Tuesday. We learnt he fatally injured dogs with rods. On Monday, he was clearing shrubbery in an open plot for which he was not responsible and away from his area of work,” complainant Dattreya Joshi, told The Hindu.
According to reports, one of the puppies suffered 40% burns and was shifted to the Blue Cross, but succumbed to its injuries a day later.
Last year, several incidents of animal cruelty were documented in Hyderabad.
In October, a 22-year-old man in Hyderabad strangled a pregnant dog to death and sexually assaulted the corpse, before being arrested.
In September, two videos from the city that showed cruelty against dogs went viral on the internet. While one of them showed a bunch of boys tying puppies, piling twigs and hay to create a pyre and then setting it ablaze as the puppies howled in pain, the other showed a young man shooting two dogs with a rifle.
In August, the Hyderabad police registered a case against unidentified persons for shooting three dogs within the Tappachabutra police station limits.
A month before that, three dogs were poisoned and acid was thrown on a pregnant dog in Yapral, Secunderabad.