In a shocking case of animal abuse and cruelty,a complaint filed recently at Khadak police station describes how a stray dog was held with a thick rope,beaten up and then dumped into car boot near Shankarsheth Road.
A leading cancer surgeon in the city Dr Ravindra Kasbekar,who registered a case against the suspect,said,I had just finished a surgery at Jehangir Hospital and had gone to Shankarsheth Road to buy food to feed dogs when a few boys from the nearby slum area came to me and told me about a man beating up a dog.
Kasbekar alerted two patrolling policemen and rushed immediately to the spot on his two-wheeler where the boys pointed out a man who was about to drive away in a car.
When I called the man and tried to catch up with him,he swerved and pushed us off the road. He was about to leave but another car intercepted him and he was forced to stop, said Kasbekar.
According to the complaint,as Kasbekar walked up to the man and asked him about the dog,he did not get any satisfactory answer. He then asked the man to open the cars boot and show him what was inside.
He looked at the two policemen and then opened the boot where we saw Lucy,the dog whom I have been feeding for a long time. She was tied up with a thick rope and was beaten up black and blue. She was bleeding from nose,mouth,and her private parts. She would have died had we not rescued her on time, said Kasbekar.
On being questioned,the man said he had not beaten up the dog and that the injuries were a result of a dog fight that took place the previous day.
But if it was an old dog fight,why was she bleeding at that time? And what was she doing in his car boot? Kasbekar asked.
The man said she had scratched his car and that he was taking her to Hadapsar to leave her there. But that still did not explain why she was in the car boot where she could have died, he added.
Following this,Kasbekar took the dog to a veterinarian and then to a friends house where she could rest and recuperate. He then went to the police station to file a non-cognisable offence.
The police asked for a certificate that would confirm that the dog was attacked. We took the dog to a government hospital in Aundh where they certified that the dog was beaten up with a blunt object. The police then registered our complaint, he said.
S M Savant,police inspector (Crime),said,We registered a non-cognisable offence after a government veterinary hospital confirmed the dog had been beaten up. We have approached the court seeking permission to prosecute the suspect.
While the police complaint is still being followed,Lucy is now recovering slowly.