According to police, a 27-year-old YouTuber was arrested for animal cruelty after uploading a video of his pet dog floating in the air with helium gas balloons tied to its collar. Gaurav Sharma, who has 4.15 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, is a resident of Panchsheel Vihar in Malviya Nagar, south Delhi, they said.
In the video shot on May 21, Sharma can be seen with his pet dog in a park. The dog is strapped to a bunch of balloons and is set loose to fly.
On the complaint of Gaurav Gupta, a member of People for Animals Society, a case was filed against Sharma under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code, the Disaster Management Act, and relevant sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,’ said deputy commissioner of police (South) Atul Kumar Thakur, adding that the footage was deleted.
Following criticism for the video, the accused uploaded a new one with apologies the following day. He stated that he took adequate safety precautions while filming the video featuring his pet dog, Dollar, and assured his viewers that he would not do so again.