The two girls who found a six-month-old missing dog that belonged to an Australian couple, have decided to spend the Rs2 lakh reward they received on the welfare of stray dogs.
The girls, Akriti Nandy and Parul Sinha, were unsure if the money would be used for the welfare of street dogs if they donated it to any organisation claiming to look after such animals.
The two South City 2 residents, who had who found the dog Rexy and were rewarded Rs2 lakh by its owners, have decided to spend the amount themselves on the welfare of stray dogs.
“I take care of 13 dogs living on the streets. I am planning to spend the money on them and will try to provide them a better life,” said Akriti, a class 12 student.
Sharing the same sentiment, her friend Parul said stray dogs have a poor life and are treated very badly on the streets.
“People should provide food and water to dogs who are out on the streets. Their attitude should change and they should not pelt stones at them,” said Akriti. The two believe the city has hundreds of dogs on the streets who need help.
Rexy, belonging to Venus and Rick Green, had gone missing on Sunday from a shopping centre in Sector 49. Its owners had announced a reward of Rs2 lakh for it. Following this, their neighbours, people on social media and pet lovers in the city had joined the search for the dog.
On Tuesday, Akriti and Parul informed the Greens about their dog being spotted in the parking lot of a residential society. Following this, the Greens found their missing Rexy, but the girls’ families refused to accept the reward.
“We turn them (dogs) to the street. If we give them food, shelter, and love they too can have a home,” said Venus, after getting their dog back, supporting the girls’ stand.
The couple, who had adopted Rexy, also expressed their displeasure regarding the police’s attitude towards animals. Rick said that when their dog went missing, he went to police station to report the incident, but a complaint was not filed.
“We could not file a complaint with the police. There is no law regarding protection of animals. If the police can take care of human beings, why are they reluctant about safety of animals? That was depressing and showed how badly animals are treated in the society,” he said.