'Bruno was very friendly': Owner of dog killed in Kerala
A couple of days ago, a pet dog was mercilessly beaten to death in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The killing of the nine-year-old labrador dog has sparked outrage, with many calling for strict action against the accused. G Christhurajan, the owner of the dog, named Bruno, says he was very friendly and it is difficult to understand why he was subjected to such brutality.
'I can't understand why they did this'
"Bruno has been with us for eight years. I got him when he was just a year old. He was well-loved. I will never get another dog," Christhurajan said, according to The New Indian Express. "He was a very friendly dog. I can't understand why they did this," he added. Christhurajan said his family filed a complaint in this regard on Tuesday.
Incident took place on Monday at Adimalathura Beach
The incident took place on Monday morning at the Adimalathura Beach, reports say. The three accused - Sunil, Sylvester, and a minor - tied the dog with a fish hook in a boat and beat it to death using sticks, viral clips show. They later threw the dog's body into the sea. Bruno was allegedly tortured for sleeping under the boat of the accused.
Trigger warning: Here is the video of the incident
Heartbreaking Video of a Pet Dog #Bruno beaten to Death in Trivandrum, #Kerala— Arun Prasanna G (@arun_8778) June 30, 2021
Complaint lodged @ #Vizhinjam Police Station but no #FIR or #Arrest as yet#JusticeForBruno @CMOKerala @TheKeralaPolice @vijayanpinarayi @rashtrapatibhvn @KeralaGovernor pic.twitter.com/cFbRbLXcG3
Police says owner and accused had personal animosity
Police, however, said that Christhurajan, the owner, and one of the accused are neighbors and have some personal animosity, adding that could be the reason behind the dog's assault. Police has since arrested the three accused in the case. Christhurajan also alleged that after the video went viral, the accused had threatened to kill his entire family if they decided to pursue the issue.
Assault sparks outrage on social media
After the clip went viral, it triggered outrage among social media users and animal rights activists, who have been trending #JusticeforBruno on Twitter. Several film stars, including Alia Bhatt and Anushka Sharma, have posted about the incident online.
Brutality against animals increased amid pandemic, activist says
Crimes against animals have been on the rise amid the coronavirus pandemic, says Sreedevi Kartha, a member of People for Animals (PFA). "The number of pets being abandoned on the streets has also increased," she said, according to TNIE. In case Christhurajan's family withdraws the police complaint, her animal welfare body with take the case forward, she assured.