Adding to the worries of pet owners who have been spending sleepless nights over reports of dogs going missing across the city, a resident of DLF Phase 2 filed a complaint saying her pet dog, Motu, is missing.
Animal rights activists have voiced concern over such incidents and have demanded that the culprits be identified and brought to book.
Sonia Bhardwaj, the owner, fears that her four-year-old pet was stolen and might meet the same fate as Brownie, the pet dog that was also taken away from the DLF Phase 2 area before being allegedly killed and eaten. An FIR was filed on May 1 at the DLF Phase 2 police station.
An interior designer and an animal lover, Bhardwaj said, “Motu had been living with me for the last one year. He was a smart dog. I love stray dogs as well and feed four to five of them on my street every day.”
The complaint says Motu went missing on April 11 from lane N-14 in DLF Phase 2. Bhardwaj said she went around her neighbourhood looking for her pet, but couldn’t find it anywhere.
Alarmed by news reports about Brownie, Bhardwaj filed a missing complaint at DLF Phase 2 police station. “I am scared. This (DLF Phase 2) area is close to Sikanderpur (where Brownie was allegedly killed and eaten). Ever since I learnt about Brownie, I have been spending sleepless nights. I fear my pet meeting the same fate. I want the police to act swiftly before another dog goes missing,” Bhardwaj said.
The case was lodged on May 4 under Section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Animal rights activists urged the police to show sensitivity towards such cases and act decisively against the culprits.
“We found two dhabas in Nathupur where dog meat is openly sold. Though we lodged a complaint with the police, no action was taken,” a member of Walk for Animals and Habitats (WAH), an NGO, said.
Amit Chaudhery, president, People for Animals, Gurgaon, said, “We want police to take action before the situation gets worse. Such cases are on the rise in the city.”