Rescued from sticks of death - Faces of cruelty and affection
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- Published 1.09.14
|Debasree Roy at an anti-rabies drive at Rabindra Sarobar on Sunday morning. Twenty-nine strays in the Lake area were vaccinated by three vets during the drive, organised by the Debasree Roy Foundation. Members of the NGO said a similar drive would be conducted near Menoka cinema next weekend. Picture by Anup Bhattacharya|
Officers of Bhowanipore police station rescued a stray from being beaten to death on Justice Dwarkanath Road near Northern Park in south Calcutta on Saturday night.
Some residents claimed that the animal was “mad” and had been biting people over the past few days. They said it last attacked a resident of the area on Saturday night.
The police rushed to the spot after a call from the Debasree Roy Foundation, the NGO headed by Trinamul MP and actress Debasree Roy that saves stray animals.
The dog was gravely injured by the time it was rescued, an officer said.
The police said the dog had barked at a man while he was coming out of a house around 10pm, triggering the attack. “The man panicked and started to run. A group of people then attacked the dog with sticks and stones and drove it into the garden of a house,” said Shyamal Chatterjee, a resident.
The owner of the house called up Debasree Roy Foundation, which in turn informed the police.
“The men were trying to kill the animal claiming that it was mad and was biting anyone passing by. However, when I asked them to show me at least one such victim, they left the spot,” said an officer of Bhowanipore police station.
The dog was handed over to representatives of the NGO. It is under their care now.
“All dogs in the area were vaccinated two months ago. We even conducted necessary tests on the dog rescued on Saturday... it is disease-free,” said Debasree.
The foundation organises vaccination drives for stray dogs, rescues, treats and provides shelter to stray animals.
“Had the police not reached on time, the dog would have had the same fate as hundreds of others killed in the city every year,”said Roy.