In a bizarre incident, a man in Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru district on threw acid on his neighbour, mistakenly believing that the scolding he was giving to his pet dog was directed at him, police said on Tuesday.

Sundar Raj is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital, and his condition is serious.

The accused neighbour has been identified as James.

According to the police, Sundar Raj and James did not have a good relationship.

As Sundar Raj was scolding his pet dog, which had been barking and grunting for an extended period, James took it to mean Sundar Raj was scolding him.