Poonam Singh

In an inhumane act, a street dog was allegedly beaten and set on fire by a woman near the Station Bazaar area at Jharpada in Bhubaneswar.

'Sewa Hi Sankalp', an animal welfare group, has reportedly lodged an FIR against the accused woman at Laxmisagar Police Station.

The neighbours of the accused woman reportedly narrated the entire incident to the members of the organisation as to how the woman allegedly cut the tail of the dog first and then beat it up, before torching it by pouring petrol.

Notably, the accused woman is a habitual offender and had earlier also meted out such cruel treatment to dogs and cats.

Meanwhile, the Laxmisagar Police has registered the case and began an investigation.

Is Cruelty Against Stray Animals On The Rise In Odisha Capital?

It will not be inappropriate to claim that cruelty to animals in Bhubaneswar has risen; and, it is a cause of grave concern as this is not the first time a stray dog has been brutally killed in the Capital city. 

A couple of days ago, a youth had allegedly shot dead a stray dog and left another critically wounded in Jagamara area.

Besides, last year, the brutal killing of a pregnant dog by a woman and her neighbour in Bhubaneswar had led to massive protests by animal rights activists. 

Similarly, in June 2021, a person was detained by the Lingaraj Police for allegedly killing five puppies and critically injuring another in the Old Town area of the Capital City.

Meanwhile, it is believed that cruelty against stray animals is on the rise due to the lack of effective laws.

Condemning such brutality against animals, a pet lover said, "Like us, animals, too, have the right to live without pain. Police need to take stern action against such people."

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)