The Bengaluru woman who had killed eight innocent puppies to take revenge on their mother dog has been punished by the 45th ACMM Court. But the punishment has angered the people of Bengaluru, here is why.

Bengaluru woman Ponnamma was slapped with a fine of Rs 1,000 for killing eight puppies to teach a lesson to their mother dog. This has angered the people of Bengaluru who have criticised the degree of punishment.

The court directed the women to spend 15 days in jail only if she fails to pay the paltry sum of fine of Rs 1,000.

Ponnamma is a resident of Jalahalli West, and she is a wife of flight lieutenant. She was booked under various sections of IPC and section 11 against treating animals cruelly, including killing under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

The tragic incident occurred on March 15 in 2016, when Ponnamma killed the eight puppies in front of their mother who is called Ammu. Seven died on the same day, and the one remaining died the next day. However, the grief was too much for the mother dog, which died in July.

The localities booked a case against Ponnamma in the Peenya Police Station on March 17, last year.

U the Indian Penal Code, offences against animals are treated as damage to property or assets. Under Section 428 of the IPC, a person can face a two-year jail term for killing or maiming a pet animal worth Rs 10 and a five-year jail term if the pet animal was worth Rs 50 or more. However, as strays belong to no one, they cannot be considered an asset and are thus not covered under the law, reported Scroll.

As Ammu was a stray dog, the crime is not even considered a damage to the life of a pet dog. However, the judgement of Rs 1,000 fine for killing eight innocent puppies is really shocking, and the rules on animal cruelty must change.