Vadodara (22th April 2019): Humane Society International/India, (HSI/India) has announced a reward of Rs.50, 000 for any information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of persons responsible for allegedly sexually assaulting a street dog in Vadodara, Gujarat. This incident is reported to have taken place last week and an FIR has been filed by Reshma Patel, an Animal rescue activist.
The dog is under treatment at Vadodara Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (VSPCA). The dog is reported to be in pain due to mutilation of her genitilia and excessive breeding. Anyone with any information is requested to contact please 079-40067485.
Keren Nazareth, Deputy Director of Humane Society International/India said, “This is a horrific act and we need to ensure that the persons who have done this understand the seriousness of harming another sentient being. I hope the police and the law will be implemented to the fullest extent to ensure such crimes are not let off lightly”.
Reshma Patel said,”while crossing polytechnic college, I suspected something wrong with the dog. I looked at the status of a dog and felt a bit awkward. I asked two men seemed 30 years old drunk sitting on their bike about the dog. They said, our work is done, thank you and they fled”.
She further added,” I went to get help from police and filed a police complaint however due to elections and the CCTV server reportedly being down, the action taken has been slow. I request then police authorities to take action immediately and deter such crimes.”
Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents 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.
In the past, HSI /India has played a vital role in the identification of culprits involved in the Kerala dog bestiality case, the Green Park dog stabbing case and the incident where puppies were burnt alive in Hyderabad.
Anyone with information can call the HSI/India helpline: +91 8899117773.
Media Contact: Uma Biswas, +91 8758807223, [email protected]
Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organisations. For more than 25 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide – on the Web at hsi.org.
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