Please help us get justice for Charlie who burnt alive in his kennel just a few miles from our head office here in Negombo Sri Lanka.

On the 31st December 2018 in the middle of the night whilst Charlie was in his kennel, he was covered in kerosene and set on fire by "persons unknown"

Charlie died of his injuries on the 1st January 2019

I have chosen not to directly share the photos/videos as they are horrific but they can be accessed via a link in the petition if anyone needs to verify what I have said


The current animal welfare laws in Sri Lanka are over 112 years old, they are not fit for purpose. Currently, there are no laws to protect animals who are permanently chained up, kenneled, abused or neglected, there are no laws to stop owners from dumping unwanted animals on the streets. Dogstar alongside all the other welfare groups and individuals have no legal recourse when we are faced with acts of cruelty or neglect. A new Animal Welfare Bill  recived cabinet approval in 2016 but it's not yet been enacted 

As angry as I know people will rightly be at Charlie's horrific death, Please remember there are many many Sri Lankans who have dedicated their lives to animal welfare including the very people who tried so hard to save Charlie's life and will carry the horrors they saw with them for a long time to come.  There is no room for racism in animal welfare

What we do need is to be anti-animal cruelty and pro laws that protect animal rights and welfare, The local police are investigating which is a positive step but we need so much more

Talking to colleagues at other Sri Lankan welfare groups in the last 72 hours we all feel a sense of utter helplessness, we all feel that if the Animal Welfare Bill is not enacted it won't matter how hard we all work in our respective fields because here as in every country there are people who are so wicked to animals that strict laws are needed to protect them. 

For Charlie's sake and for the sake of the future of animal welfare in Sri Lanka please sign and share

Thank you

Samantha Green
Dogstar Foundation Founder and CEO
Sri Lanka
January 2019


  1. ganga withana on January 7, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Cruelty to animals should be stopped immediately. I love animals and cannot bear to see them suffering in pain.

  2. Helen turner on January 9, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Surely with the new Sri Lanka emerging, and the amount of foreign interest and building a new future for the people after the devastation of war and the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka that the government will pass a bill and protect the animals , what civilised country would allow this suffering to the beautiful dogs of Sri Lanka.

    • Darren coward on May 8, 2019 at 8:38 pm

      U are an inspiration 2 us all continue the great work.

  3. Azly on February 3, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Imposition of fines must take the present value of the amount indicated in the ACT to be paid at the time of sentencing. Rs.100/- in 1907 translates to Rs. 4,324,946.48 at a 10% rate of interest. The perpetrators of this crime should have been given a life sentence. So barbaric to kill an incarcerated defenseless innocent being. Mindless !

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