It was a heartbreaking story of a two-year-old stray dog named Ammu in Bengaluru, India, digging up her 15-day-old puppies from their graves and trying to nurse them after a woman killed the puppies by bashing the little ones in front of their mother to “teach her a lesson.” On Friday the culprit was fined for animal cruelty. According to the Times of India, however, the woman named Ponnamma, the wife of an honorary flight lieutenant, didn’t even bother to hire an attorney.
In the disturbing crime, which occurred in March 2016, according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, her cumulative fine was Rs1000; in U.S. currency the fine equaled $15. Following the verdict, the Humane Society International India stated they will appeal the sentence, and even though they are relieved she was found guilty of animal cruelty, the small fine was not an acceptable punishment.
“There are so many studies that show animal abuse is linked to human violence. Based on these studies, the US has made cruelty to animals a heinous crime. Unfortunately we have not recognized it yet,” stated Shreya Paropkari, (HSII)
Ponnamma said she wanted to teach Ammu a lesson for having her puppies in a drain pipe under her gate. After the death of her 15 day old puppies and trying to nurse them, residents could hear Ammu wailing for them at night. The neighborhood is dog friendly and a lot of local people would help the strays by feeding them. Although one of the villagers took Ammu in and gave her a home, the dog never recovered from the mental anguish she endured while helplessly watching Ponnamma bash her babies heads against a rock. Ammu later died from distemper.
Rest in peace Ammu; we hope you were reunited with your puppies.
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