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Three people was arrested in Dhaka last Tuesday (July 5) by police for beating a dog in the streets of Rampura area last month. This is the first time in the country’s history that anyone has ever been arrested for abusing an animal.

The arrestees were identified as Johnny, Sobhan alias Shuvo and Imran, all residents of the Wapda area of Rampura.

Animal welfare group Obhoyaronno filed a case with Rampura police station on June 18, after learning of the incident. Obhoyaronno, the Bangladesh Animal Welfare Foundation, was established in 2009.

According to a post on its official Facebook page, the animal rights organisation said: “We came to know about the incident only because people bothered to rescue the dog, took down the names of the perpetrators and testified against them.”

Brothers Shourav Shamim and Zahid Hossain have been treating and caring for the battered dog, who they have named “Whitey,” according to Obhoyaronno’s Facebook page.

Barrister Nadia Choudhury, Head of Legal Affairs of Obhoyaronno was able to file the case after overcoming a number of hurdles, the group said.

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Sub-Inspector (SI) of Rampura police station Jasim Uddin, the investigating officer in the case, said the three accused in the case had been absconding until their arrest on Tuesday.

The case was filed under the Cruelty to Animals Act, 1920. He said this was the first time he had ever seen a case filed over animal abuse. The SI said, if proven guilty, the accused could face up to three months in jail.

Source – Dhaka Tribune

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