Police in southern India arrest eight juveniles for burning puppies alive

Police in southern India arrest eight juveniles for burning puppies alive

The boys set the three puppies on fire after tying them together and covering them with dry grass and sticks in a graveyard. They could be heard squealing as they tried to escape but were pushed back. (Getty)

Hyderabad, Telangana, India | Jul 21, 2016, 05.34 PM (IST)

Police in India's southern Telangana state today arrested eight juveniles for burning three puppies alive.

The incident took place on July 14 in Murshidabad area of Hyderabad city, but only came to light after a video of the boys setting the puppies on fire went viral on social media.

"We have registered a case under 429 Indian Penal Code (IPC) and cruelty (against) animals act, and during the course of investigation we have identified all the boys and all the eight juvenile boys were apprehended and they are being produced before juvenile court today," said, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kamal Hasan Reddy, in provincial capital Hyderabad.

Section 429 of the IPC makes it illegal to injure or maim any animal worth 50 Rupees (about USD 0.75) or more.

Animal rights activists had registered a police complaint on Wednesday on the basis of the video.

The video shows the boys setting three puppies on fire after tying them together and covering them with dry grass and sticks in a graveyard. The puppies could be heard squealing as they try to escape the flames but are pushed back into the fire.

It was only a couple of days back that a dog was thrown off the terrace of a five-storey building by a medical student in southern Chennai city in another incident of brutality on animals.

(Reuters)
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