Man who took pet lion on car ride is held

Khaleej Times - - PAKISTAN -

karachi — A man who took his pet lioness for a ride in the back of a pickup truck was charged with pub­lic ha­rass­ment Thurs­day af­ter footage from star­tled by­standers went vi­ral.

In the video posted on so­cial me­dia, the big cat can be seen re­clin­ing in the bed of the truck, a paw lolling over the ledge and seem­ingly un­fazed by the heavy traf­fic inch­ing through a chaotic street in the city of Karachi.

Pedes­tri­ans jostling through the cars stum­ble into claw­ing rang­ing but the lion — which is wear­ing a col­lar and a leash held by a man in the ve­hi­cle — just yawns.

Po­lice said Saqlain Javed, a lo­cal pet dealer in his thir­ties, was ar­rested af­ter a con­cerned cit­i­zen made a com­plaint.

Javed, how­ever, said he was tak­ing the an­i­mal to the vet and had all the re­quired per­mits and doc­u­men­ta­tion.

“We have freed the ac­cused on bail but reg­is­tered a case of neg­li­gent con­duct with an an­i­mal,” Muqadas Haider, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

In the video a woman can be heard ask­ing: “Who will take re­spon­si­bil­ity if some­thing were to hap­pen?” and won­der­ing whether the an­i­mal is an en­dan­gered breed. The clip has been viewed over one mil­lion times on Facebook, where peo­ple crit­i­cised the owner for cru­elty and sug­gested he was show­ing off his wealth.

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