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January 28, 2015

50,000 INR Reward Offered for Dog Cruelty Case; Perpetrators believed to be from Karnataka

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the HSI/India tip line +91 7674-922044

Humane Society International/India

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Humane Society International/India is offering a reward of up to 50,000 INR for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for tying a community dog’s tail with fireworks in a video circulated on Facebook.

The Case: On Jan. 19, a 30 second video clip was uploaded on Facebook that showed three people tying fireworks with the tail of a community Indian (stray) dog and then releasing him after lighting the cracker. The dog is then seen running in fear and confusion as soon as he realizes the firecrackers are lit. The nature of the fireworks clearly indicates that the dog must have suffered severe post burn injuries. While the exact location of the incident is not known, it is believed that it occurred in the state of Karnataka since the perpetrators were talking in Kannada.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.HSI/India has also complained to Karnataka’s Director General of Police in this regard asking for a thorough investigation to ensure the perpetrators of this crime are punished.

N.G Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India said, “It takes a truly callous person to torture an innocent, defenseless animal with fireworks. It’s shameful that their sole intent was to torture the dog and entertain themselves at the expense of his trauma. We are hopeful that this reward will urge anyone with information about this heinous crime to step forward and talk to us. We are also working with the Animal Welfare Board of India and the Karnataka police.”

Anyone with information about this case, including the whereabouts of the dog, is asked to call HSI/India tip line +91 7674-922044.

In the recent past, HSI/India has come across many animal abuse/cruelty issues through videos, posts and articles on Facebook, Twitter and print media. HSI/India offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country with an aim to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

Media Contact: Navamita Mukherjee, nmukherjee@hsi.org, +91 9985472760

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