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February 19, 2016

100,000 INR Reward Offered for Dog Bestiality Case; Perpetrators believed to be from Kerala

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Humane Society International/India tip line +91 7674-922-044

Humane Society International/India

  • Black street dog looks on. Frank Loftus/HSI

Update, April 14, 2016: After HSI received a call to our tipline and worked with the police, a suspect was arrested and sent to jail, pending prosecution.

A video showing extreme violence against a dog has been widely circulated on What’s App. Humane Society International/India is offering a reward of up to 100,000 INR for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the persons shown in the video sexually assaulting the animal.

The Case: A two-minute video widely circulated on What’s App shows a helpless dog being forcefully held by a person and raped. The dog is trying to get free multiple times but is held by force and subjected to bestiality. The nature of this barbaric treatment clearly indicates that the dog has undergone severe physical and mental trauma. While the exact location of the incident and whereabouts of the dog are not known, it is believed that it occurred in the state of Kerala since the perpetrators were talking in Malayalam.

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 Kerala’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’s unfathomable that an innocent, defenseless dog was subjected to bestiality. These incidents expose the violent nature of human beings and it’s high time we arrest such actions. Such perpetrators must be brought to book so we can set precedence for future wrong doers. 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 Kerala police to see that the persons involved are duly punished."

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call HSI/India tip line +91 7674-922-044.

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, email: nmukherjee@hsi.org, Mobile: +91 9985472760

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