Pune – Rs 50,000  reward for information about dog killings in Lohegaon

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Pune, June 28, 2019: Humane Society International/India and RESQ Charitable Trust, Pune, together announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information leading to identification, arrest and conviction of the perpetrators torturing and killing dogs near Lohegaon and Dhanori, Pune.

The gruesome incident reportedly involved 30-40 dogs that were allegedly tortured and killed over the past weeks. The corpses of these dogs were found rotting and decomposing in different stages over a four-acre land near DY Patil Knowledge City, Porwal Road, between Lohegaon and Dhanori, Pune. Some of these dogs were found with their limbs tied and broken jaws.

Neha Panchamiya, Founder and President, RESQ Charitable Trust said: “It was terrifying to see the number of bodies there and to believe that members of the society we live in are capable of committing such mass acts of violence. We urge anyone who has valuable and accurate information regarding the identity of the perpetrators behind this to come forth and call us on 8830454094.”

Deputy Director for HSI/India, Alokparna Sengupta said “We need to strengthen our anti cruelty laws for them to serve as a deterrent, to isolate the people involved in interspecies violence, and to prevent them from doing further harm. We urge all members of the society to report animal abuse, for the sake of the animals and for our own safety. We hope this reward motivates those with information to come forward and that this will assist the Police Department in apprehending the responsible persons.”

The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Acts of animal cruelty are linked to a variety of other crimes, including violence against people, property crimes, and drug or disorderly conduct offenses. Preventing or deterring people (especially children) from abusing animals can help curb violent tendencies before they escalate to include violence against other vulnerable members of the society.

In the past, HSI/India has announced rewards in other instances of animal abuse, receiving anonymous tip offs which successfully aided law enforcement in apprehending offenders.