Akriti Nandy and Parul Sinha, who found the six-month-old missing dog Rexy, were awarded Rs 2 lakh by the owners of the dog, an Australian couple, on Wednesday.
Though the 18-year-old girls, residents of South City-2 in Sector 49, did not want to accept the reward , after repeated requests by the owners of the dog they accepted the cash, but said they would donate the money to NGOs working for animal welfare.
We have accepted the money and will donate to organisations working for animals. I have a dog and I can understand what the couple must have gone through when they were trying to find their dog,” said Nandy, who lives with her mother and grandmother.
Venus and Rick Green, whose dog went missing on Sunday, were devastated and expressed their helplessness on social media.
The dog went missing from a shopping centre in Sector 49.
On Tuesday, Akriti and Parul informed the Greens about their dog being spotted in the parking lot of a residential society. The Greens found their missing Rexy, but the girls’ families refused to accept the reward.
“We are really thankful to the girls. The country needs more people like them,” said Venus, who shifted to India with her husband Rick in January.
The Greens, who live in Ireo Uptown in Sector 66, have invited their neighbours to their place for a get-together, as they said their neighbours also helped in the search for Rexy.
The couple will have friends over on Saturday to celebrate the homecoming of their lost dog.
The Greens say that the dog is doing fine now, though he is hurt on his left paw. “I think someone must have hit him with a stick. We are taking care of him,” said Venus.
The couple adopted the dog in April this year from a dog shelter located in Select Citywalk, Saket.
Last week, there were reports of pet dogs going missing in the city and allegedly being killed and eaten. The reports have had dog owners worried about their pets.