PUNE: A magisterial court here has directed that the interim custody of two buffaloes seized from their owner by the Sahakarnagar police in a case of alleged cruelty to animal, should remain with an animal shelter till the final disposal of a plea filed by the owner.
The Sahakarnagar police ‘rescued’ the buffaloes from being sacrificed on November 11 after receiving a tip-off from founder of Jeev Seva Foundation Amit Shah. Consequently, an offence was registered under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
Later, their owner Miter alias Shando Chocolate Pawar approached the court of the judicial magistrate first class A S Pansare with an application for return of the buffaloes under the Code of Criminal Procedure. “We appealed to the JMFC to withhold returning the animals to the owner and permit us to file an application as per the latest laws with regard to the custody of animals. The court deferred the case for two days,” said lawyer Harshad Garud, who is appearing for Jeev Seva in the matter.
On December 11, the court directed interim custody of the buffaloes to animal shelter Pinjarpole under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals) Rules 2016. “It is the first case where the owner has been denied custody,” Manoj Oswal from the Animal Welfare Board of India said.
Date:Dec 16, 2017