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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