You probably have come across the heart-wrenching. Two unidentified women brutally attacking puppies. It launched a FB page asking for justice for the puppies and sparked a social media outrage. After 16 dead puppies were found wrapped outside a Kolkata hospital earlier this week, two nursing students have been arrested in connection with the case. Moutushi Mondal and Shoma Burman, both in their early twenties, were arrested after the video went viral on social media.
The puppies were found dead at the parking lot of Nil Ratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital. Their bodies were wrapped in disposable bags. According to a report by The Times of India, the puppies were lured into the campus by the accused after which they were brutally attacked. The two accused, both hostelers, were arrested and they later confessed to their crime. They were charged under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Police also suspect the involvement of other hostel residents.
The accused were produced to the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on Wednesday but were granted bail.
Meanwhile, Kolkata Municipal Corporation Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh said that the civic body would conduct vaccination and sterilisation programme in all hospitals and government premises, reports PTI.
A similar incident took place in August last year when seven puppies were found dead outside an apartment in Dwarka. It was alleged that the puppies were killed by the residents. A case was registered under the sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. No arrests were made, reports PTI.
Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and the Animal Birth Control Rules, 2001, killing stray dogs is against the law. They should be picked up, neutered, vaccinated against rabies and released in the areas from where they had been captured.
In November 2018, the Supreme Court issued a contempt notice to the Sakaleshapura municipality in Karnataka for allegedly having 350 stray dogs killed in violation of the law, reports The Telegraph.