In a now viral video, a small, scared dog can be seen getting thrown from a roof in Chennai (Madras), India. The slow-motion video captures the exact moment the man, wearing a broad smile, let go. Then you hear a loud “yelp”, followed by silence.
At first, the dog was presumed dead. Not many small animals can survive being thrown off a roof. But not this dog. After searching for and finding her, animal rights activist Karthik Dhandapani confirmed the dog was in fact, alive.
The video showing the dog being thrown from the rooftop was posted online, where it received widespread outrage.
Shravan Krishnan, another animal rights activist, said that when the dog was found she was injured and unable to walk. What shocked Krishnan the most was, despite what happened to her, she was still wagging her tail.
"She was terrified, cowering under a stairwell and urinated when I picked her up. But what broke my heart was that she was still wagging her tail," Krishnan told BBC news. They decided to name her “Bhadra” which translates from Hindi to "blessed". (BBC).
The two men responsible for the cruel act have been identified and arrested but then released on bail. They are two students from the Tamil Nadu’s Madha Medical College. Animal activists everywhere are outraged - especially since there is video evidence and a lot of public outrage. They were officially charged with “maiming or injuring” an animal - a crime that carries a maximum jail term of five years. Animal activists are now petitioning for stricter animal cruelty laws. (BBC)
Thankfully, according to Dhandapani’s Twitter, Bhadra is now receiving the medical attention and love she absolutely deserves.