A court rejected the petition of a citizen on Tuesday seeking registration of a case against a local veterinarian for allegedly killing his pet dog.
The case came to light in the federal capital last week. According to the civil petition filed by Prince Yasir Arafat – a citizen of F7 – the pet dog died due to the doctor’s negligence. “The dog had been taken in for an ultrasound and routine checkup when the veterinarian administered an antibiotic drip that killed the dog,” stated the petition.
The petitioner said that the police were not registering a case and requested the court to order the registration of a case.
During today’s hearing, additional sessions judge at the district and sessions court of Islamabad, Tahir Abbas Supra, summoned the investigating officer and the veterinary surgeon Dr Faisal Khan before the court.
After the hearing, the judge rejected the petition of the citizen.
The court said in its decision that “according to the police report, the doctor is not guilty nor has committed any crime. The female dog was admitted to the hospital due to health issues and the owner did not come to find out about it for about two – or three – days, despite being repeatedly informed by the hospital staff.”
Dr Faisal (veterinarian) also presented the photos and WhatsApp messages in the court, from which it was evident that the serious illness was reported to the owner, and as per the record, the clinic did not give any assurance that the disease would be cured in any case. Contrary to this evidence, the petitioner did not present anything on record to prove otherwise.
The court stated that “it may be that the doctor was negligent, but the deliberate criminal intent of the doctor has not been proved, for example, if the services are not provided properly, the petitioner can claim against those but according to the police report, the doctor is not at fault nor there has been a crime” hence the petition was rejected and no report was filed.