New York: Indian-American hotelier Vikram Chatwal has been accused for allegedly setting two dogs on fire.
The 44-year-old founder of Dream Hotel Group surrendered before New York Police on Tuesday and has been charged with animal torture, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and arson for an October 7 attack outside his SoHo condo.
Defending Chatwal, his attorney told that his client was an ardent animal lover who suffered bipolar disorder, but assured that he would never harm animals.
According to witnesses, Chatwal who allegedly got into an tiff with a women walking her two Jack Russel Terriers, pulled out a lighter and aerosol and set the dogs' fur on fire.
Vikram Chatwal is well-known for his party life at clubs and dating models like Ester Canadas.
Officials have informed that the dogs suffered minor injures.
Chatwal walked out if the Manhattan court in silence and has surrendered his passport to the court. He's due back December 8th.