Last Updated: February 14, 2024, 13:13 IST

The dog, Tofu, aged three years, is in stable condition.  (Photo Credits: X)

The dog, Tofu, aged three years, is in stable condition. (Photo Credits: X)

Animal lovers and celebrities condemned the actions of clinic staff and urged authorities to take harsh punishment.

Two people were arrested after a video of them punching and kicking a dog at a pet clinic in Thane, Maharashtra went viral. On February 13, a police complaint was filed in connection with the incident. The incident occurred at Vetic Pet Clinic, which is located in R Mall in Thane. The clinic specializes in the grooming and care of pets.

In the video, a pet clinic employee can be seen repeatedly punching the Chow Chow dog in the face and back. A man filming the incident was also seen hitting the dog as it struggled. The dog was then seen getting off the stretcher and leaving the room while the man continued to kick it.

Many people, including several Bollywood actors, have expressed their outrage over the viral video. Currently, visuals of both miscreants being appreciated by Thane police have surfaced online. The names of the two arrested individuals have yet to be revealed. Meanwhile, the police closed the pet clinic.

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“This is a deeply disturbing incident involving a pet and 2 of our groomers. As pet parents and animal lovers, this is shocking and completely unacceptable to us. As a first step, we immediately terminated both of them and logged a formal investigation into this. We are also working alongside the authorities and have initiated police action in this matter,” a Vetic Pet Clinic, Thane spokesperson told Free Press Journal (FPJ).

Nilesh Bhange, an office-bearer of the animal rights organization PAWS, and a few other people filed a non-cognizable complaint after the video went viral on social media, an official told the news agency PTI. A magistrate’s order is required before police can look into a non-cognizable complaint, as per reports.

Later on, a video of the dog was uploaded to Street Dogs of Bombay’s Instagram page, where the organization claims to be “Being the Voice for All Animals.” The post also stated that the accused had been taken into custody.

The dog, Tofu, aged three years, is currently in stable condition, Street Dogs of Bombay said, while thanking the people and police for their swift response to the incident.

The three-year-old dog, Tofu, is currently in stable condition, according to Street Dogs of Bombay, who also thanked the public and police for their prompt response to the incident.

According to the Free Press Journal, the incident occurred earlier this February when the pet parents left the dog at the Thane-based clinic to celebrate their wedding. They accepted the boarding services at the centre, which proved to be unlikely.

By fersz