Two veterinary doctors were booked after Husky, one of the nine pet dogs of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao died. According to reports, a police complaint was lodged against the duo, accusing them of negligence in the treatment of the 11-month-old Siberian Husky.
The two veterinarians – Dr Rajith and Dr Lakshmi Srinivas – run a private animal clinic in Banjara Hills road and have been booked under Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code. If proven guilty, the doctors face a jail term for up to five years.
The nine pet dogs of the chief minister are reportedly taken care of by canine handler Asif Ali Khan. On September 10, Husky stopped eating and Khan took him to the two doctors. The vets prescribed medicines but Husky’s health deteriorated and it was taken to the animal clinic of the vets on Banjara roads where it died, according to media reports.
According to reports, Husky died allegedly after the veterinarian administered an injection on September 11 and a post-mortem was conducted on the dog to ascertain the cause of death.
Khan alleged negligence on the part of doctors and filed a case with the police. So far the doctors have not come forward to comment on the case against them.
Meanwhile, the opposition leaders in the state questioned the state’s laxity in addressing dengue deaths and other fever-related deaths in Hyderabad.
“If a vet is booked for the death of a pet, then who should be booked for the hundreds who died because of viral fever?” Congress MLA Jayaprakash Reddy asked in the assembly on Saturday, September 14.
Malkajgiri MP Revanth Reddy also said that while the life of a pet dog at Pragathi Bhavan was considered valuable, there was no value for human life in ‘golden’ Telangana.