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May 1, 2015

Reward Offered for Positive Identification of Youth Involved in Pune Dog Cruelty Case

Humane Society International/India is offering 10,000 INR; Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Prachi Sharma @ 91-9881096807

Humane Society International/India

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Humane Society International/India is offering a reward of up to 10,000 INR for information leading to the positive identification of a group of young children in Kondhwa suburb, Pune who first beat a dog  and later hung the body on a tree leaving the animal to die a painful death.

The Case: On April 27th, 2015, an article in Pune Mirror reported that a group of children, led by a boy of 10 years to 12 years had allegedly beaten a dog and left the body hanging from a tree. The dog is believed to have entered the boy’s house in search of food. The way the dog was beaten clearly indicates a deliberate purpose to hurt and torture the dog. The dog had severe marks at his back and his jaw was broken. Prachi Sharma, a local animal welfare volunteer was informed about the incident. She coordinated with Animal Legal Enforcement and Rescue Team to file a police complaint and they are in a process of filing a FIR under Prevention to Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

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. It is well documented that animal cruelty is a sign of serious psychological distress. It often indicates that a child has either experienced violence firsthand or is at risk of becoming violent toward people. Many studies in psychology, criminology and sociology have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. Some research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse and elder abuse. We must recognize that children who deliberately abuse animals—or talk about animal abuse in the home—are crying out for help and need immediate attention.

N.G Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India said, “Animal abuse is an indicator of serious problems and animal cruelty incidents by children should not be ignored. It has been proved that acts of animal cruelty have led to other crimes like violence against people, property crimes and drug or disorderly conduct offenses. Children who abuse animals should receive immediate professional psychological intervention for both their own welfare and that of the community”.

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 implementation of laws against animal cruelty.

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

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