‘It takes a sick mind to pump air pellets into animals’


A few days in the past whereas cuddling her pet cat, Parvathy Ramesh, a boutique proprietor residing at Cheruparambath Road in Kadavanthra, got here up in opposition to an object caught beneath its neck.

The pores and skin there was discovered peeled and when pressed, blood trickled down. Alarmed, she rushed the three-year-old to a pet hospital the place initially, a surgical procedure was prescribed earlier than being referred to as off as the item eased off the physique with none intervention.

“We were told that it was a pellet fired from an air pistol and hospital authorities asked to lodge a police petition, which we did on Monday. Paachu (the pet) never wanders off far. For someone to do it to a harmless animal in a residential area is criminal,” mentioned Ms. Ramesh who additionally made an impassioned Facebook put up concerning the incident.

The petition, which amongst different issues alleged cruelty to animal, was filed with the South police.

“We were moved by the lady’s love for her pet and combed the neighbourhood but could not find anyone using air guns. Besides, we are not yet sure whether it’s a pellet or something used in a toy gun,” mentioned South police sources. Police are but to acquire the item discovered on the pet’s physique.

However, the pet hospital authorities reaffirm that it was certainly a pellet. “It was a metallic object and thankfully it was embedded on the skin and had not gone deep,” mentioned Gowri Menon, the veterinary physician who handled the pet.

Ambili Purackal, coordinator of Daya Animal Welfare Organisation, mentioned that veterolegal circumstances have been on the rise and the accused usually go unpunished. The organisation has just lately rescued two stray canine fired with air pistols and pellets dumped inside their physique from a frequent neighbourhood in Paingottoor, close to Kothamangalam. Though they’ve recovered after therapy, the pellets stay inside their our bodies, as their removing might show deadly.

“Those who informed us said that there was someone who indiscriminately fired at animals with an air pistol but declined to identify him for fear of repercussions. That is what always help the guilty go scot free in veterolegal cases, as police decline to even register cases citing lack of evidence despite we providing audio clips of conversations with informants. It is high time that animal welfare laws are amended so that information provided by reputed organisations and activists is taken on face value,” Ms. Purackal mentioned.

Sonika Satheesh, a veterinary surgeon, mentioned that pellet wounds might fester and trigger issues that would show deadly. “These incidents are reflective of the psychological disorder of the persons concerned, as they often hurt animals, which are far from aggressive or troublemakers,” she mentioned.