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Kolkata pet lover helps railway officers rescue injured stray at Mumbai station

An injured stray dog that was terrorising people at the Kurla railway station in Mumbai on Sunday was rescued by a man who just landed in the city from Kolkata.

kolkata Updated: Jun 16, 2016 15:48 IST
Joydeep Thakur
Joydeep Thakur
Hindustan Times
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An injured stray dog that was terrorising people at the Kurla railway station in Mumbai on Sunday was rescued by a civilian and the railway police. (HT Photo)


A dog lover from Kolkata rescued an injured canine lying on an over-bridge at Kurla station in Mumbai and sent it to the animal hospital in Parel for treatment on Sunday even though locals wanted to kill it, claiming it was rabid dog.

The Kurla station manager and government railway police (GRP) personnel said Bulbul Ghosh helped rescue the dog which was severely injured while Narendra Soni took it to a hospital.

“We were all scared. The station was teeming with people and the injured dog was snarling at every passerby. But Ghosh came to the rescue. He caught it with ease and we helped him to send it to the hospital. Without Ghosh, we would have had a harrowing time in managing the situation,” Lakhanlal Meena, station manager of Kurla, said.

Ghosh, who was on an office assignment to the city, had just landed in Mumbai from Kolkata at around 11 am on Sunday and had taken a train to Kurla.

“I saw people scurrying down the over-bridge and locals were discussing about a rabid dog that was trying to bite everyone in sight. They wanted to kill it. I have been handling dogs in my locality for years. So when the GRP asked me not to go near the dog, I insisted and went up the over-bridge,” said Ghosh, a resident of Sodepur in the northern fringes of Kolkata.

When the 46-year-old reached the top of the bridge, he saw an injured dog lying in a corner with blood trickling down his face and nose. It had been badly bitten by other dogs probably in a territorial fight, and was very frightened.

“I immediately asked the GRP and the station master to evacuate the over bridge for some time so that I can get some space and handle the dog. They did it immediately and the two staircases were blocked. No passengers were allowed,” said Ghosh.

The man managed to leash the dog, after which GRP personnel tied the dog’s legs.

As it was a Sunday, finding a hospital became a task, but authorities were able to track down the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Parel that was willing to take the animal in.

“Again, as it was a Sunday, we failed to arrange an ambulance of any NGO. We couldn’t even take the risk of taking a dog on a local train as there were passengers. So we decided to board a train-bogey meant for physically challenged people which usually remains vacant on Sundays. Luckily there were no passengers on the bogey,” said a GRP official.

Soni, a second year Mumbai university student, volunteered to take the dog to the hospital in Parel.

“The doctors charged me Rs 500 for the injections. I was lucky that I was carrying that much money. I gave it readily. Treatment soon started and the entire mission proved to be a success,” said Soni.

First Published: Jun 16, 2016 13:02 IST