A Siberian Husky was allegedly ‘kidnapped’ by a gang of cattle thieves when it tried to prevent them from stealing pigs in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj Enclave on Friday morning.
The thieves picked up the dog and fled in a golden coloured Innova as its owner looked on.
One-year-old Zoru was out for a walk with its owner on Friday morning when it spotted the thieves stealing three pigs. It challenged the thieves and tried to stop them from fleeing. This is when they kidnapped it, police said.
A case of theft was registered at the Vasant Kunj South police station after the dog’s owner reported the kidnapping to the police. About 72 hours later, the police had not been able to trace the dog or nab his kidnappers.
The owner and his family members have now launched a search operation on their own. Hoping the thieves would attempt to sell the dog online, the family is constantly scanning e-commerce websites such as OLX and Quikr.
Zoru had come to his owner Aftab Khan’s house as a gift nine months ago from his friend-cum-neighbour. “Zoru was less than three months old when he came home. Within a fortnight, he became an important member of our family. Zoru was very active and he quickly responded to any wrongdoing happening close to him,” Khan said.
Recalling the sequence of events, Khan said like usual days they left home for a morning walk on Friday morning. “We were walking on the main street near our residential colony. Zoru stopped midway as he had to urinate and I continued walking. I was about 200 metres ahead when I heard him barking and looked back,” said Khan.
Zoru, Khan said, was barking at three-four unidentified men who were pushing a pig inside their car. Fearing that the barking may alert locals, the men tried to speed off but were challenged by Zoru.
“Zoru positioned itself in front of their vehicle when they tried to flee. When the thieves realised Zoru wouldn’t let them leave, they came out of their vehicle, forcibly lifted it, put him in the car and fled by the time I ran to rescue him,” said Khan, a custom clearing agent.
As Khan was not carrying his mobile phone, he reached home and called the police control room. A police team arrived and visited the crime scene. They found a CCTV camera at a nearby house and approached the house owner.
“Unfortunately, the CCTV camera was defunct,” said a senior police officer. Efforts are on to trace the dog and reunite him with his custodian, the officer said.