Almost a week after one-year-old Siberian Husky, Zoru, was abducted from a park in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj South, the dog was found tied to an electric pole in the same area.
Barely 50 metres from the spot, he was whisked away in an Innova car when his owner was walking him in the morning.
Zoru was spotted around 5am by the colony’s security guard, Sunil, while he was taking his employer’s two pet dogs for a walk in the area. Aware of Zoru’s abduction, Sunil immediately informed the dog’s owner, Aftab Khan, about his return over the phone. Khan was overjoyed.
“As we all were eagerly waiting to see Zoru back, my family members and I rushed to the spot. My daughter, Alisha, ran towards Zoru and hugged him tightly. Everyone in my family is celebrating Zoru’s return. We thank the local police and the media for their cooperation,” said Khan.
The family is celebrating Zoru’s return. They distributed sweets to their neighbours, police personnel and media persons visiting their home since morning. In the evening, Khan’s family threw an Iftar party for their friends and relatives.
Though the family had launched a social media campaign to find Zoru, their hope was fast fading. “Since everyone in our family keeps a roza (fast) for Ramzaan, we all wake up at 3am and pray for two hours. We had been praying for Zoru’s return,” he said.
Khan’s daughter, Alisha, who was very close to Zoru, was elated. The dog was stolen by four cattle thieves on Monday morning.
“My daughter was heartbroken after she learnt the dog that was her birthday gift was stolen. She was not eating properly. She is now ecstatic,” said Khan.
Though the entire family is delighted about Zoru’s return, a few things still concern them. The dog suffered minor injuries in its legs. He seemed restless throughout the day. The family believes that Zoru’s abductors kept it in the sun and didn’t feed it.
“Zoru has been drinking a lot of water and seems very hungry. But we hope he will recover from the trauma soon,” said Khan, adding they will take him to the veterinarian soon.