A local animal lover, Aditya Natarajan, filed an FIR against the defendant after he provided an incriminating 8-second video of how he ran over the dog.
“It was shocking to see in the video clip how the driver of the car ran over the popular dog and ran away. Fortunately, Ladoo survived and was admitted to Crown Veterinary Hospital. Campaigners for the animals, including Poonam Samtani, have contacted various authorities as well as Minister Aaditya Thackeray to ensure that justice is served in this animal cruelty case,” said Dr Nandini Kulkarni, a member appointed by the High Court to oversee animal rights.
Worli Police enforced Sections 250A and 134(a) and (b) of the Motor Vehicle Act against the driver for talking on the phone while driving and failing to assist the victim.
Other charges against the defendant include sections 279 and 429 of the IPC for reckless driving causing injury, and section 11(1)(a) under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 .
Animal rights activist Eram Rizvi said: “The matter was reported to the Citizens’ Group by Samtani. Thackeray is part of the group. It was ruthless of the driver to hit Ladoo and drive off. We need help. better animal protection laws so that there is a stronger punishment for those who indulge in cruelty.”