CHENNAI – Police in southern India are searching for two medical students after video of one flinging a stray dog from the balcony of a two-storey building went viral and sparked nationwide outrage.
The footage shows one of the students beaming as he lifts the dog by the scruff of the neck to the ledge and finally tosses her over. The other student is thought to have filmed the incident.
An animal rights activist later found the dog injured but alive. Police in Tamil Nadu state registered a case against the two men after an activist from the government’s Animal Welfare Board of India filed a complaint on Tuesday.
But police said the pair, who have been identified as final-year students of a medical college in the state capital Chennai, has gone missing.
“The two medics were missing from their house. A team has been sent to their native place to trace them,” said local police inspector, Frank D. Ruben.
Activist Shravan Krishnan posted a photo on Instagram of him holding the injured animal late on Tuesday.
“Good news – The dog has been found alive. She is not able to walk properly. She is with us now. Will be under treatment. What breaks my heart is that she was still wagging her tail,” he wrote in the caption.
Earlier, the Indian branch of the Humane Society International offered a reward of 100,000 rupees ($1,480) to anyone who could provide information for the students’ arrest.
Others called for stronger animal cruelty laws in the country. “Med student smiles as he throws a terrified dog off a roof. Animal cruelty #law in India is a joke. #dogs#justice,” Twitter user B. Jorgensen said.
Earlier in 2007, animal rights supporters created an uproar when municipal workers in the southern Indian high-tech city of Bangalore exterminated thousands of street dogs after a child was mauled to death by a pack of neighborhood strays.