Animal activists rescue pups left alone at home
In a strong message against ill treatment of pets, police and animal activists rescued two Pugs and a German Shepherd.india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 02:00 IST
In a strong message against ill treatment of pets, police and animal activists rescued two Pugs and a German Shepherd puppy from an empty house at a posh locality in Hauz Khas late on Monday.
According to NGOs Animal Saviour and Frendicoes, who assisted police, the dogs were left alone at home by their owners for about a month without food, water and care. “The dogs were in an acute state of sufferance. This was tantamount to cruelty towards animals as per the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” said Dr Prabhakar, veterinary officer of Frendicoes.
Rescue workers said it was the neighbours of the house, X-6, who had called for their help.
The dogs — a three-month-old German Shepherd and two Pugs, each of about two years — were kept in the veranda of the locked house. Confined, the dogs used to “cry out all day and night for food”.
“We learnt that a security guard was entrusted with the duty to feed them every day but he never did that,” said Gautam Grover, managing trustee of Animal Saviour, adding that providing food is not enough for the well being of dogs; they need human company.
With assistance from the Hauz Khas police, rescue workers entered the veranda through a window and freed the dogs. “The veranda was full of filth and the dogs, especially the German Shepherd, was virtually a bag of bones,” Grover told the Hindustan Times. The dogs were given proper medication and food after the rescue.
Police said neighbours had first tried to rescue the dogs themselves, but failed. “We did not have to break in. It was a simple rescue job as the veranda had a large opening,” said Anil Shukla, DCP (South).
The owner of the house, who neighbours know as Captain Furtado, is yet to return home. Dr Prabhakar of Frendicoes said that as per law, if animals are subjected to such cruelty, authorities are empowered to take action even in the absence of the owner. “If and when Furtado returns, he is liable to be punished by law,” he said.
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