In yet another instance of cruelty against animals, a youth allegedly shot dead a stray dog and left another critically wounded in Jagamara area of Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.
A complaint has been lodged against the offender identified as Kitab Patnaik of Uparsahi of Jagamara, who allegedly fired the shots at the dogs to punish them for eating a chicken.
“I have seen him firing at the dogs with a gun,” said an eyewitness.
A local animal rights outfit, Sevahin Sankalp, has lodged the complaint against the accused at Khandagiri police station.
Rashmi Ranjan Swain, a member of Sevahin Sankalp, in his complaint to the inspector-in-charge of Khandagiri police station alleged that two people witnessed the cruel act in which one dog was killed and another was left battling for life due to firing by Kitab Patnaik alias Babuna.
The outfit has urged the police to take stringent punishment against the ‘inhuman’.
The injured dog has been taken to the shelter home of the Sevahin Sankalp while the body of the dead dog was taken to a veterinary hospital for post-mortem.
Meanwhile, the police have launched a probe into the matter.
In April 2020, the brutal killing of a pregnant dog by a woman and her neighbour in Bhubaneswar had led to massive protest by animal rights activists. The stray dog had been named April as she was beaten to death in the month of April.
Similarly, in June 2021 a person was detained by the Lingaraj Police for allegedly killing five puppies and critically injuring another in Old Town area of the Capital City.