FIR Against Couple Who Smuggled A Stray Dog
23 Sep 2014
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In its first ever case of animal cruelty, an FIR has been lodged against a couple in Mulund (West), Mumbai after they smuggled a stray dog from the society they reside in. The couple, Bharti and Naresh Khanna, smuggled a female stray dog in the trunk of their car and left the dog at the Govandi dumping yard.
Although the dog is vaccinated and sterilised, the accused defended their action by saying that the dog was a menace to other residents and hence they took the extreme step. With the help of PAWA India, an NGO, along with the accused then went to the dumping yard to search for the dog, but all in vain.
With the help if Mr. Meet Asshar, an animal welfare officer and the animal right activists from PAWA India, an FIR was lodged against Mr and Mrs. Khanna at Mulund Police Station under section 428 (mischief by killing, poisoning, maiming or rendering an animal useless) and section 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
According to the Animal Birth Control Act and High Court Orders, no sterilised dogs can be relocated as it will lead to increase in dog bites in act of self defence in the new, unfamiliar surroundings.