Ten rabbits were found dead at the citys Rose Garden on Friday morning which was a site of shock for morning walkers. Rose Garden situated,right next to the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU),houses a mini zoo where deer and monkeys too were once a part of the animal population kept there.
However,with the Municipal Corporation (MC) taking scant care of the animals,the large animals were freed or sent to other centers a decade back while ducks and rabbits remained here.
PFA Convenor Ajay Jain said,The door of the cage where these rabbits were kept was open and some 10 rabbits were dead. It seems that some stray dogs had entered the cage and they could have killed more rabbits and taken the bodies away. Strangely,no one knew the exact count of the rabbits kept.
Jain added,We informed the Municipal Corporation officers immediately. Prima Facie,it seemed that the caretaker of the park had allowed a nearby tea stall owner to keep his gas cylinder and other items inside the cage after the days work. Probably,when this tea maker came in to keep the cylinder or take it out,he forgot to close the door of the cage and stray dogs found an opportunity to attack the helpless rabbits. Even the door of the cage is broken and it has been tied up with ropes to deter any unwanted entry.
Joint Commissioner Ajay Sud reached the spot immediately and assured us proper action. The joint commissioner told us that the caretaker has been suspended for negligence of duty. He also assured us that necessary steps would be taken to ensure that the rabbits and the ducks living in this garden are kept well and safe, added Jain.