kopri: Thane: Dog brutally killed by horse handlers at Kopri, FIR lodged | Thane News

NAVI MUMBAI: An adult dog was brutally beaten to death with sticks by a few men who take care of horse stables in Kumbharwada, Kopri Colony, Thane (east).
A local animal activist, Pankaj Rijhwani, who witnessed this cruelty, has now lodged an FIR against the dog killers at the Kopri police station. Animal rights NGO, People for Animals (PFA, Unit-2), helped Rijhwani in filing the criminal complaint.
“In the afternoon of April 17, I heard loud cries of a dog being beaten up with long sticks. When I rushed to my house balcony, I could see the men from the horse stables hitting the dog till the poor animal went totally silent. They then transported the dog’s body to the creek area where it was thrown,” Rijhwani said.
“Even in the past these accused men have been cruel to dogs and also to their own horses at the stables,” he added.
The PFA Unit-2 head, Vijay Rangare, told TOI: “It is disturbing how these accused men killed the dog in broad daylight and then made up a flimsy excuse that the victim dog was `mad’ and that it had bitten humans. However, they could not produce any medical certificate or show any wounds due to a dog bite. They also openly threatened the activist (Rijhwani) for complaining to the police.”
On Monday, Kopri police registered the case under IPC sections 429 (killing an animal), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intent) besides section 11(1)(a) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
Names of the accused persons are: Muzaffar Abdul Shaikh, Salman Salim Shaikh and Naved Nadim Shaikh.
Rangare added that the post-morten of the dead dog is also being undertaken in this case. “We hope that full justice is done by putting those cruel men in jail,” Rangare added.
Further police investigation is on.
Rijhwani added that they also have an earlier video showing how the men at the stables physically hit their own horses.

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