In a country where the punishment for animal cruelty commonly adds up to less than a one dollar fine, another photo of deplorable animal cruelty has gone viral. This time, Shravan Krishnan, founder of the animal shelter Hotel for Dogs located in Chennai, India arrived too late to rescue a Great Dane abandoned on the streets after he was left to starve to death.
According to the Quint, the dog died after succumbing to “starvation and dehydration.” On Krishnan’s Facebook page, he posted a photo of the dog and in a heartbreaking description stated:
“I don’t know your name. I don’t know your age. I don’t know who dumped you. I don’t know your history. I’m sorry that I couldn’t save you and hope you’re in a better place now.
We got a call from Karthik Selvaraj about a Great Dane which was abandoned in Royapuram. We tried to move him to a hospital, but unfortunately he died on the way.
Abandoning your dog is the biggest betrayal you could ever do. At least try and leave him at a shelter or seek help from someone. Don’t leave your dog on the road and let him die of starvation and dehydration.
This not how a life should end.
If I ever meet the person who did this to you, I promise you that I will break his bones!!! Ranjith Kumar
Sadly, more animal cruelty cases have made international headlines in India – among those a video of two medical students tossing a dog from a multi-storied balcony. The dog was severely injured but survived and was ultimately rescued by Hotel for Dogs naming her Bhadra. Even though the students were arrested and charged with animal cruelty, their fine was barely enough to make one sneeze. Before that a group of teenagers from Hyderabad burned three puppies alive. And then followed the despicable incident, when a police horse died after being beaten allegedly by a politician, during a rally in Dehradun earlier this year. Under India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which dates back to 1960 and has never been amended, the maximum fine for those who commit acts of animal abuse is just 50 rupees (Dh2.75). (.75cents) Politicians and activists in India have demanded an overhaul of the archaic animal cruelty laws to secure harsher penalties for animal abuse in India.
Rest in peace poor sweet dog. How you must have suffered.