Police in southern India have arrested two medical students, an inspector said on Wednesday, after video of a stray dog being flung from the balcony of a two-storey building went viral, sparking outrage.
The footage shows one of the students beaming as he lifts the dog by the scruff of the neck to a ledge before tossing her over. The other student is thought to have filmed the incident.
An animal rights activist later found the dog injured but alive.
According to police, the students said during questioning that they threw the dog and filmed it “just for fun”.
Police in Tamil Nadu state arrested the pair, who are final-year students at a medical college in the state capital Chennai, and a local court on Wednesday granted them bail.
A cash reward of 100,000 rupees (£1,000) was offered by the Humane Society International, an animal protection group, to “anyone who is willing to volunteer valid information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this evil”.