Recently, two youths named Nafees and Tauseef, residents of Saheed Nagar, were booked by the police under Section 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) of IPC and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act for mercilessly dragging a dog for 3 kms behind their scooter. A complaint was lodged by a member of People for Animals (PFA), an NGO.
Nafees has been arrested, police said on Saturday. The duo was caught by some locals in Rajendra Nagar on Friday evening.
PFA’s Saurabh Gupta said, “Had they not been caught by the public, the dog would have been dragged for several more kilometres. The dog was breathing heavily when people stopped them.”
The dog was immediately rushed to Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre in Delhi, however, it succumbed to its injuries. The report revealed that the dog had injury and scrape marks all over its body. The official autopsy is pending and PFA members believe that the dog might have been forced into unnatural sex.
Nafees, the accused, claims that the dog was a menace in the area and had bitten over 24 people. He was planning to relocate the dog to a faraway place. However, PFA member believes that the dog got aggressive and bitten people to protect her new born puppies.
“After giving birth, dogs become quite protective and they don’t like anyone coming near its puppies. It is pure motherly instinct. Despite knowing this fact, the accused tried to separate it from its babies, which is quite appalling,” said Gupta.
PFA has now taken custody of the puppies and made arrangements for their food and shelter at Saheed Nagar. They want to get these puppies shifted to a shelter home as quickly as possible.
Police is making efforts to nab the second accused who is absconding currently.