In a brutal and sickening example of animal cruelty, a monkey that mistakenly entered a home in search of food was killed after being beaten, hung from a tree and forced to fight for its life against dogs in Telangana's Khammam district last week.
A video of the shocking incident has emerged on social media and shows the monkey tied to a tree and desperately defending itself against two dogs that appear to be repeatedly urged to kill the poor animal.
After a few moments of this torture several men can be seen approaching the hapless monkey with long sticks.
Forest officials have charged Venkateshwar Rao, a resident of Ammapalem village and whose home the monkey had entered, under the Wildlife Protection Act. Several others identified were similarly charged and arrested.
The accused were released on bail on Saturday and will be summoned for further questioning by officials.
Venkateshwar Rao spotted the monkey in his residence and, in a fit of spite, attacked it with a stick before tying it to a nearby tree with the help of a friend.
In the video he can also be seen instructing his pet dogs to bite the monkey, which was fighting for its life.
With input from ANI