Gowtham Sudarhan, the medical student who flung a puppy from the terrace and his friend Ashish Pal, who filmed the incident, have been suspended from college. Both were final year medical students at Madha Medical College, Chennai. The duo was arrested on Wednesday, but was released on bail.
Bhadra, the puppy that was thrown off the terrace, is getting better at her new found home in Chennai. "She is with me now, at my home. My mom and the entire family take care of her," says Shravan Krishnan, one of animal activists who helped the police find the culprits and locate the puppy. "She is able to walk though she has fractures on the hind leg and spine. She might take 4-6 weeks to recover."
"Bhadra was scared and very timid when we found her," recalls Krishnan. "But she was friendly and kept wagging her tail."
Krishnan and his friends had posted a video of a person throwing a puppy off the terrace of a building on social media. "As our video went viral on social media, we got leads about the criminals from their classmates and friends. Then we got in touch with the Madha Medical College where they study, verified the information we received and filed a case," recalled Krishnan.
"It is sad that they got bail," says Krishnan. "We will contest the bail on Monday, once the court reopens after the holidays," he said.
Krishnan rues that our existing laws are not strong enough to protect the animals from being abused. "The culprits in this case should be given a minimum of three months’ imprisonment. They should not become doctors," said Krishnan, who runs Hotel for Dogs, a dog boarding facility in Chennai and Bengaluru and has been involved in many rescue cases.
"The Prevention of Cruelty Act, 1960, is an outdated one. Those who abuse animals can get away by paying Rs 500. It is high time we revised our laws governing animal welfare. We need to bring in a lot of changes in the Animal Welfare Act of 2011 too," observed Krishnan.