A male dog passed away after being subjected to mutilation, torture and rape by four unidentified suspects in India.
Succumbing to the injuries he sustained from the criminal acts, the dog, named Courage, died in his sleep on Wednesday, according to animal welfare non-government organization Animals Matter To Me (AMTM).
In a Facebook post, the group revealed that the dog’s remains will still be subjected for a post-mortem examination.
Courage reportedly suffered from excessive bleeding and internal damage after being gang-raped and mutilated by four men who are believed to have been under the influence of drugs.
Local authorities, who are now hunting for the suspects, have since lodged a First Information Report under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 at the Malwani police station.
A villager named Sudha Fernandes saw the dog with a mutilated penis bleeding and in great pain at around noon on November 17, the Asian Age reports.
Fernandes said she was informed by an auto rickshaw driver that the dog was assaulted by four men at around 2 a.m. on that same day.
“He told me that the dog needed to be immediately admitted,” she was quoted as saying. “The dog’s front legs were tied and its mouth gagged while it was sexually tortured. Its loud screams alerted the driver, but the accused fled from the spot.”
When Fernandes briefly left to investigate further, the dog reportedly vanished from the spot where it was found.
Courage, which she found near a temple the next day, was sent to a veterinary clinic with the help of AMTM. However, the injuries the dog sustained were apparently too much for it to bear and it died a few days later.
The police are now searching for the four suspects and the rickshaw driver that Fernandes came into contact with.