High drama was witnessed in Sector 22 today when members of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) seized a pet dog who was chained to an unused vehicle outside the house of its owner. The pet was allegedly being neglected for the last several months. The owner,M P Singh,claimed to be a worker in a PGI lab and admitted that he had kept the dog for research purposes,apart from having it as a pet. SPCA is a registered government society which is empowered to seize any animal for examination before a veterinary officer in order to prevent cruelty to the animal.
According to SPCA,the society learnt of the alleged cruelty to the German Shepherd,aged around 3-4 months,when a member of the society who lived in the neighbourhood observed that the dog was always tied to an unused vehicle standing outside the Singhs house with a short metallic chain. Singh lives alone in the house and had employed a gardener to tend to the dog because of his long working hours. Be it rain or heat,it was always chained and not fed properly. When I sometimes gave it food,it jumped as if it had been starving. The gardener,who was supposed to take it for walks,just untied it and then tied it to a railing of a nearby park. I complained to him several times,but to no avail, quipped the member. The hind legs of the dog have also bent.
The SPCA said that on learning about the alleged cruelty,they kept a watch on the dog for a fortnight and collected evidence in the form of pictures to prove that apart from long hours of captivity,the dog was kept chained even when it rained at night.
Although a detailed medical report is awaited,preliminary examination has revealed that the dog is under-nourished,and has difficulty walking. Its hind legs have suffered a lot due to captivity. It will recover gradually if it receives proper care now. Well approach the police to get a case registered tomorrow under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,1960, said Nandini Kakar,honorary in-charge of SPCA.
In his defence,Singh said,I employed my gardener to take care of the dog. It is fed regularly and taken for long walks. I even take it to a veterinarian when needed. I apologise for the neglect and instead of taking the dog away,I should be let off with a warning as the issue had never been brought to my notice before. He let it slip that he sometimes took the dog with him to a forest area for research purposes before correcting himself to say that it was both for research and for love of animals that he had bought the dog.