Stray Dog Allegedly Tortured with Iron Pipe and Dragged by Metal Wire Deserves Justice

Target: Tmt S. Amirtha Jothi, IAS., Director of Animal Husbandry, Tamil Nadu

Goal: Ensure rigorous legal action against the individual allegedly responsible for the brutal torture of a stray dog in Madurai.

In a horrific incident in Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu in India, a stray dog allegedly fell victim to a brutal act of cruelty. M Palaniappan, aged 32, allegedly tied the dog’s legs with metal wire and dragged it along Tamil Sangam Road. Witnesses reported he then struck the dog with an iron pipe, displaying a shocking level of violence. This distressing episode, captured on video and widely shared on social media, has sparked outrage and demands for justice.

Palaniappan, now in custody, defended his reported actions by claiming the dog had rabies. This barbaric act followed another incident in Valar Nagar, where several stray dogs were allegedly poisoned, leading to the death of eight animals. These consecutive acts of alleged cruelty highlight a severe issue in animal welfare and public safety in Madurai. The accused faces charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act and Section 428 of the IPC, but this is not enough. There’s a pressing need for stringent legal action to deter such acts of violence against animals.

The alleged torture of this stray dog is not an isolated incident but part of a broader problem of animal cruelty in the region. Mayur Hassija, an animal welfare activist, has called for the establishment of a Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in each district. Such measures are crucial in preventing further harm to animals and ensuring justice for this dog. Demand immediate and strict legal action against M Palaniappan for this seemingly unconscionable act of cruelty.


Dear Tmt S. Amirtha Jothi, IAS.,

We urge you to take immediate and stringent action in the case of the allegedly tortured stray dog in Madurai. The heinous act allegedly committed by M Palaniappan, involving dragging the dog with metal wire and striking it with an iron pipe, requires more than just standard legal procedures. It calls for a strong statement against animal cruelty.

This incident is not only about a single act of violence; it reflects a deeper issue within the community. The lack of active SPCAs in districts like Madurai allows such cruelty to go unchecked and unpunished. Therefore, we implore you to not only ensure rigorous legal action against Palaniappan, if found guilty, but also advocate for the establishment of effective animal welfare organizations in each district.

We stand united in our call for justice for this innocent animal. Your position as the Director of Animal Husbandry in Tamil Nadu puts you in a unique position to effect change and ensure such atrocities are not repeated. We demand justice for the tortured stray dog and preventive measures to safeguard all animals in Madurai.


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Photo credit: AVasanth (WMF)

One Comment

  1. Alice Knight says:

    India seems to be the country that has absolute disregard for animal life in general. There always seems to be some form of animal abuse each time I enter into the Force change website. What is the reason for this type of barbaric brutality against animals?
    I think people need to be aware of their humanity and empathy towards every living being. This is very disturbing that India seems to have such an appalling relationship with animals.

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