Just plain cruel: Owner flings young puppy off balcony for chewing on laptop cord

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A Gurgaon, India resident faces animal cruelty charges after allegedly throwing his four-month-old puppy off the balcony because it damaged his laptop. The cruel incident occurred Tuesday evening as a neighbor heard the puppy crying in pain. According to India Today, it had been an  act of revenge after the puppy dropped the laptop while playing with it and had chewed through the Internet wires.

The four-month-old puppy suffered a fracture on her right front leg. One of the neighbor’s and the owner’s wife brought the puppy to a pet hospital where surgery will be required to set the broken bone. The owner of the dog, Phillip Maxwell fled the scene after the dog was found and the story of her injuries circulated through the neighborhood as told by Maxwell’s wife.

“Generally we love her, but that day, it really damaged the whole laptop, chewed up wires and everything,” stated Dora Maxwell. “My husband got angry and flung it.”

As is well known, puppies will be puppies, and it is the responsibility of their owners to keep anything that could harm their pet or be destroyed by their curious and playful little pal, out of the dog’s reach. Puppies don’t know what they can chew on – make sure they have plenty of toys and safe bones to keep them occupied. Keep puppies confined to an area where they can’t get into mischief. If a pet owner cannot commit to the responsibility of being a compassionate, educated and patient puppy parent, get a stuffed animal. No puppy deserves this kind of treatment.

Unfortunately, in India, animal cruelty laws are much too lax.  Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 has provision for a maximum fine of Rs 50 (75 cents) and punishment of three months only. Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code, which regards killing and maiming of an animal, gives a maximum punishment of five years that has so far not been given to anyone. Shame on you India!

(Photos of puppy tossed off balcony screenshots via India Today)

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Video posted to Facebook of dog being beaten, kicked and forced to eat feces ends in arrest of 2 people.

17 replies
  1. maxiemom says:

    Stupid POS! How many things did my dog destroy when she was a puppy, including clothing and yes, a cell phone that she chewed? The thought of doing her any kind of harm NEVER crossed my mind! Not a slap, nothing!

    If he loved her, this piece of vile filth wouldn’t have dreamed of throwing her out off of a balcony. A laptop can be replaced: it doesn’t breathe and it certainly DOES NOT LOVE YOU!!!!!!! You will replace it eventually, and have more than one of them within the average dog’s lifespan. Your dog, on the other hand, always loves you, is there when you’re blue, and never questions whether you’re rich or poor, old or young, or have anything but the clothes on your back. He or she doesn’t give up on you, so why the hell would this scumbag choose to throw his puppy off of a balcony over a cold, heartless thing that can’t even make him smile?

  2. Liz B. says:

    The wife making excuses for her husband appears to me to say that she is supportive of his violent actions toward a puppy. She seems just as guilty unless of course she is also a victim of his violent temper. Perhaps she needs help too. And, why do all these people hurt animals when they themselves are to blame when belongings get damaged. After all, who left the laptop where the puppy could get it??? Mr. Can’t Control His Temper? I hate these people.

  3. Helen says:

    Disgusting…….throw the bastard off the balcony. It’s his fault he didn’t puppy proof his home……that’s just common sense. He should never be allowed to own another living pet. Thank goodness the pup survived and I hope he finds a great loving home.

  4. debor33 says:

    Put these people in jail!!!!! This is unheard of……making the poor animal eat feces when it’s probably the owners fault that they even had to go in the house…..things like this are never gonna stop unless people like this are punished to the fullest extent of the law.

  5. Elaine says:

    Dumb fuckers, thats how you show your love, by throwing it off the balcony ? You both deserve to go to jail. Do you throw children off the balcony for making a mistake from learning? Id love to see those braindead fucks get thrown off a cliff

  6. Carrie Ainsley says:

    My rule is: if it was within the dog’s reach to begin with, it is nobody’s fault but my own. (I have lost two laptop cords over the years, and they can easily be replaced, your dog cannot!)

  7. Nancy Raymond says:

    Philip Maxwell should be thrown off a balcony for being SO DAMN STUPID to leave his laptop where a puppy (who doesn’t know any better) could get at it. This douchebag needs a slap in the head with a 2×4 – and he runs away which only shows what a coward he is – can’t even face up to what he did.

  8. Linda Szymoniak says:

    When I think of all the things my furbabies have ruined while they were learning….. We had to replace some wires, but I was more worried about the dog getting shocked – or worse – than the value of the cord. I’d like to fling THIS idiot off the balcony. I’d take him to a very high floor first….

  9. susispot says:

    Shame on India?? Shame on America. Our laws are pretty damn lax too! This planet is in need of an heart transplant.

  10. carlos faria says:

    These smelly scum bags are allowed to kill family members for what they call “disgracing the family name” without punishment. So abusing animals is probably common place for these human waste.


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