Many people were infuriated when street workers intentionally poured hot molting tar on a sleeping dog, eventually burying half of its body alive on a street in Agra, India near the Taj Mahal, and left there to die last week.
The sickening incident happened on Tuesday when construction workers poured hot tar on the street dog as it slept on the road while they were fixing the Fatehabad road at Phool Sayed crossing near the Taj Mahal, according to Times of India.
Graphic video of the animal’s remains went viral online, sparking massive outrage from protesters and animal rights activists. They said that instead of chasing the dog away, the workers just poured tar on half of its body before flattening it with a roller and leaving it there to die, Daily Mail reported.
Luckily, four workers, including the supervisor of a road construction company, a road roller driver and two construction workers, who committed the barbaric act were arrested the following night on Wednesday.
The workers argued during their appearance in front of the district and sessions court on Thursday that the dog was already lifeless when they began working on the road. However, bystanders and other witnesses told authorities that the poor animal was actually in agony the whole time.
“The dog’s legs were buried under the tar and it was writhing in agony. The workers refused to break the road to remove it. The dog died after,” Virendra Singh, a local resident, said according to Daily Mail.
A digger was eventually brought in to remove the dog’s remain on the road.
Unfortunately, the workers were granted bail after stating their claim as they were not able to establish in court if the animal was indeed alive or dead when the construction workers began fixing the road since police did not conduct a postmortem on the dog’s remains.
“The accused have been booked under IPC sections 428 and 429 (cruelty to animals), apart from section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” Sadar police station in-charge inspector Narendra Kumar Singh told Times of India. “On Thursday, they were granted bail, but we will thoroughly investigate the case and will question the owner of the construction company if the need arises.”
Local residents and animal activists gathered to where the dog was brutally and mercilessly killed and staged a demonstration against the Public Works Department (PWD), the authority in charge for the road work.
“The entire matter is highly upsetting. We have sought an explanation from the contractor after which suitable action will be taken,” PWD executive engineer Naresh Kumar said.
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