Delhi-based YouTuber Gaurav Sharma was arrested on Thursday for animal cruelty after a video surfaced online where he could be seen tying his pet dog with a number of helium balloons and releasing it, which eventually made the dog “fly” several feet in the air.
Malviya Nagar police station received a complaint in which complainant Gaurav Gupta belonging to the “People for Animals Society” alleged that Sharma had made a video where they were seen to have tied their pet dog with helium balloons and later they let loose the balloons thereby making the dog fly in the air and hence, risking its life.
#Delhi | #YouTuber Gaurav Sharma arrested for cruelty to an animal after he posted a video on social media where he floated up a pet dog in the air by tying hydrogen balloons on its back, risking its life: DCP South Atul Thakur (ANI)
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The video was reportedly shot on 21 May.
In the video, a dog can be seen flying in the air with several balloons tied to it while Sharma and his mother cheered from down.
According to the media reports, an FIR under section 188 IPC, Disaster Management Act and Section 11(1)(A) and Section 11(1)(D) Prevention to Cruelty to Animal Act was registered in Malviya Nagar police station.
Following this, accused Sharma, a resident of Panchsheel Vihar, Malviya Nagar was arrested. According to Sharma, he is a YouTuber and he made this video for that purpose, sources added.