BENGALURU: Two-and-a-half-year-old Ammu is battling for life. Her litter of eight was killed by Ponnamma, wife of an ex-honorary flight lieutenant, in Krishnanagar near Peenya in March this year. Ponnamma had dashed the puppies to death, saying she wanted to teach the mother a lesson.
Residents in Krishnanagar said Ammu was depressed, refused to eat and was often found near the place where her puppies are buried. Nishanth and his family in the neighbourhood were taking care of Ammu after the incident. As Ammu’s health worsened on Wednesday, they rushed her to the veterinary hospital on Queen’s Road, which is run by NGO Sevabhavi Samstha.
NGO founder Vinay Moray told Express, “Ammu is suffering from canine distemper, a contagious viral illness. She might have been undergoing mental trauma,” he said.
“We have been getting several calls from residents of Krishnanagar asking about Ammu’s health,” he added.
Though Ponnamma was arrested under Section 429 of the IPC, she was released on bail. K B Harish of CUPA, the NGO which has taken up the case, said the police have still not filed a chargesheet. “We are following up the issue with the police but there seems to be a delay,” he said. However, Peenya police claimed to have filed a chargesheet.
A PETA spokesperson said: “One way of reducing animal cruelty is to increase the penal provision in The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. It is a toothless law. Anyone committing a crime can get away by paying a maximum fine of just `50.”