A teenaged boy has been sentenced to eight years in prison for beating and starving a dog to death and then burying the remains in the backyard of a farmhouse in Maharashtra state, police said.
The boy, identified as Dhananjayan, was 14 when he and his family were attacked by an unknown animal at their home on the outskirts of the town of Manali on March 4.
Dhanani, who is from the northern state of Maharashtra, said he had not known the dog was a stray dog, and did not realize it was a dog when he brought it home.
He told the court he was angry at his father for not letting him take care of his pet, but when he told his mother the dog had died, she told him it had been a stray.
He was told to clean the dog’s wounds, which he did, and the dog died.
Police said Dhananu’s mother had been caring for the dog at the farmhouse for more than a month before the attack, and that her family had given her the dog to keep as a pet.
The court had heard that Dhananyans parents owned a dog which had attacked a dog at a farm in the past and was now in a stable condition.
The court had sentenced him to seven years in jail for the attack.
The family of the deceased dog had earlier asked the court to send the dog back to its owner, but the court refused.