Three men in the Indian state of Karnataka have been booked by the police for tying a firecracker to the tail of a stray dog during the Hindu festival Diwali.

A video that surfaced recently showed the men patting a street dog while they tied a string of crackers to its tail. The burning cracker sent the dog running into the dark road.

Dileep Nadig, founder-trustee of Malendu Wildlife and Cultural Foundation and Basava Prasad, founder of Animal Rescue Club approached the Bhadravathi Rural Police Station seeking help. The trio was identified as Bharath, Mithun and Nithin, of whom one is a student and the other two are sales executives. A case has been registered against them under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

"The incident was reported on October 26 at BR Project, Singanamane, around 7:30 pm," Nadig told the Times of India. "It is learnt that the accused lured the dog with a bun and tied a cracker to its tail around 7:30 p.m. One of the members from the group taped the act, and the video since then has gone viral."

A number plate of the bike parked next to the trio was circulated on social media and later traced to Bhadravathi, Mico Layout told The News Minute.

The activist duo visited the spot of the incident and found the dog to be unharmed.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was enacted in 1960 to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals.

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