Man booked for running over puppy

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The Kharghar police have booked a 53-year-old man for crushing a month-old puppy to death while parking his car on Sunday night. The police said the incident occurred at 11 p.m. near Matruchaya society in Gharkul.

The complaint against Ashok Ghadge, a resident of Kunj Vihar society, was filed by Mahesh Satpute (25), a resident of Matruchaya society, who witnessed the incident. Mr. Satpute also alerted A Life For Animals Foundation (ALFA), an NGO based in Kharghar. He said, “On reaching the spot, I learnt that Mr. Ghadge had thrown the puppy’s carcass into a nearby trench.”

Seema Tank, rescue team head (Mumbai), ALFA, said Mr. Ghadge confessed to the incident after half an hour of questioning and showed the location where he had disposed of the carcass. Ms. Tank also shot a video of Mr. Ghadge’s confession.

He claimed that there was a dog in his path and when he accelerated his car, the dog ran away. Mr. Ghadge said he failed to notice that a puppy was also playing near his vehicle and accidentally ran over it.

Ms. Tank said, “The residents who witnessed the incident told me that they had warned Mr. Ghadge about the puppy, but he went on to reverse his car and crushed the puppy to death. People who harm stray dogs should realise that even they have rights and we will always fight for it.”

Mr. Ghadge has been booked under Sections 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) and 279 (rash driving) of the Indian Penal Code. “After the post-mortem, the carcass was handed over to the residents. Mr. Ghadge will be arrested and produced before the court on Wednesday,” said police sub-inspector Nitin Rathod.

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