Vijayawada: A disturbing video of a couple of people abusing a puppy had surfaced online on 16 January. Within hours, the Andhra Pradesh police not only nabbed the offenders in Vijayawada city but also registered an FIR under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and section 428 of the Indian Penal Code.

The AP police have reiterated that animal abuse is not a means of entertainment and that stringent action will be taken against those who resort to such inhuman ways for pleasure.

Responding to the same, the Humane Society International (India), a global organisation working towards safeguarding the rights of animals in over 50 countries, praised the AP police for taking swift action.

A tweet from the official handle of HSI, India, read, "Thank you @APPOLICE100 for your prompt action. Recognising that animal abuse unchecked is highly likely to lead to further crimes against other vulnerable members of the society, like women & children, is crucial to controlling violence in society at large. Kudos to you."

Meanwhile, the managing director of HSI India, Alokparna Sengupta, said, "We laud the AP police's swift action in this case. Responding promptly to instances of animal cruelty is important to curb future violence. It also augments faith in our legal enforcement agency. Such consequences will deter those who take law and our police lightly from committing such crimes. Our society is safer when both animals and humans are treated with compassion."



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