Construction workers in India have provoked fury after paving over a dog while building a road, instead of moving the animal out of the way.
The dog was sleeping on the ground when workers poured hot tar on him then ran him over. Trapped by his back legs and writhing in pain, local campaigners insisted that workers dig up the road to save him, but they refused, leaving him to die.
Protestors took control of the constructive vehicles until a senior manager from the building firm came to the scene, and removed the dog's corpse, admitting that the incident had been regrettable. Local people and animal rights activists protested against the Public Works Department [PWD] - the body responsible for the work. PWD blamed a private firm which had been brought in to tackle the job.
A petition has been launched in a bid to bring the men to justice, calling on local police to press charges over the incident.
According to the petition: "In the list of horrible ways to die, this must be at the top. The dog must have suffered excruciating, persisting pain until it finally expired.
"The workers claim they couldn't see the dog since they were paving at night but according to some locals, the workers heard the dog's howls of pain but chose to ignore it.
"The dog's body was recovered and given a proper burial, but it still hasn't gotten justice. As of yet, no one from the construction company, RP Infrastructure Limited, has been charged."
It has been reported that local police have registered a case against the firm.
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