Hotelier Chatwal accused of trying to burn 2 dogs
Indian-American hotelier Vikram Chatwal has been charged with criminal mischief for allegedly trying to set ablaze two dogs, an allegation his lawyer has denied.
Chatwal, 44, had turned himself to the police early Tuesday morning and has been charged with criminal mischief, torture and injure animal, reckless endangerment and arson. The charges stem from an October 7 incident, in which Chatwal allegedly got into an argument with a woman walking the dogs outside his house in the city.
Chatwal, accused of allegedly pulling out a lighter and aerosol can to hurt the two dogs, pleaded not guilty to the charges during his appearance in a Manhattan court on Tuesday. Chatwal’s bail was set at $50,000 and the next hearing in the case is set for December 8.
His attorney Arthur Aidala said Chatwal denies all charges and “proclaims his innocence”. He said he is a non-violent person who would never injure an animal or human being.