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    Indian vets treat an injured dog known as 'Badhra' at Tamil Nadu Veterinary University Hospital in Chennai on July 6, 2016

    Indian Medical Students Fined Less Than a Dollar for Throwing Dog Off Roof

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    Two Indian students have been arrested and released on bail for hurtling a dog off a multi-story building in the city of Chennai in southern India.

    Two medical students, identified as Gautam Sudarshan and Ashish Pal, filmed how they had sadistically thrown a dog from the roof of a multi-story building about two weeks ago. The offenders were suspended by their college, arrested and released on bail Wednesday. They were ultimately fined 10 and 50 Indian Rupees (US $0.15 and US $0.74) and served no jail time.

    Their canine victim was found alive on Tuesday by animal rights activists with the help of volunteers among residents. The little dog was named "Bhadra," the Hindi word for "blessed." She was injured and unable to walk, but still wagging her tail, according to an animal rights activist Shravan Krishnan. One of her legs was fractured, but vets who treated her said that she is out of danger.


    "We confirmed she was the same dog because the[one in the] video looked like she was a female dog; there is a small black patch on her tail, her hind legs are injured and she wasn't able to move properly," he posted on his Facebook page.

    "The Prevention of Cruelty Act is pretty outdated, it is a 1960 law and we want a change in that because they can just get away with a fine of Rs. 50," said Krishnan.

    The fact that the students have already been released has also caused anger.

    Animal rights activists are petitioning for tougher laws and stricter penalties to punish cruelty to animals.

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