The intermittent wails of four-year-old Ammu, a female stray dog that grew up among the residents of Lane No. 3, Krishnanagar, off Tumkur Road, have cast a pall of gloom over this locality of mostly ex-servicemen.
Residents are haunted by the memory of the dog digging her 15-day-old puppies out of their graves and trying to nurse them.
On March 15, her litter of eight was mercilessly flung onto the boulders, allegedly by Ponnamma, the wife of an ex-honorary flight lieutenant, a resident of this Jallahalli West neighbourhood.
This she did reportedly to “teach the dog a lesson”, who had dared to have puppies in a drain under her gate.
While seven of the puppies died the same day, one that survived the brutality succumbed the next.
The outraged residents filed a complaint with Cupa (Compassion Unlimited Plus Action) on March 17, and the same day, the NGO registered a complaint against Ponnamma with the Peenya police.
When Bangalore Mirror reached her doorstep to enquire about the incident, she refused to comment.
The ghastly incident has outraged the neighbourhood which has always been compassionate toward its stay dogs.
It isn’t uncommon here to spot a pet dog sharing a meal with a stray — such is the residents’ love for their animals.
Five days since the incident, Ammu still wanders around the site where her puppies are buried.
The police have seized crucial footage from a CCTV camera near Ponnamma’s house.
The Peenya police have registered a case under Section 93 of the Karnataka Police Act (punishment for cruelty to animals) and Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and IPC Section 429.
If proved guilty, she could end up in prison for up to five years. “Cupa has lodged a complaint, but justice is still a long way off for this mother,” said, Suparna B Ganguly, honorary secretary at the NGO.