"3 pet dogs abandoned in a home for weeks, 2 alive rescued, 1 dead amidst COVID-19 Lockdown in Pune. The Coronavirus did not do this, unspeakable human negligence did.
The RESQ team got a report on the helpline that three dogs were in a bad condition after being abandoned in a home for days… When we reached there, we were horrified. We got a strong ammonic and rotting smell from the balcony above the house in which the dogs were and saw below us a terrace filled with feces and urine that hadn’t been cleaned for weeks.
One dog, an old Pug, who seemed to have bled out of his mouth, lay dead and completely stiff. The second, a Labrador Retriever, had a broken water pot stuck around his neck. The dog must have been so thirsty that it jumped on the clay water pot to get water and may have stuck his head in for the last sips and gotten stuck in it. Obviously, he had managed to break the pot by thrashing around, but the neck of the pot remained stuck in his neck. The third dog, a young Golden Retriever, was found cold, scared and covered in ticks. Both the dogs that were alive were completely emaciated and so thin we could count their ribs.
Animals cannot speak but today was one of those times when I could see in their eyes and in the wag of their tails how happy they finally were.
Fear brings out the worst and best in people. In the midst of this COVID-19 crisis, while everything is on lockdown, we at RESQ are functioning on bare minimum staff…if there are animals to be rescued, we still have jobs to do.
As of now, the old pug received a decent burial after his tragic death, it’s the least we could do for it. The dogs have been medically examined, treated, been given a bath, cleaned, fed food and are currently resting safe at RESQ Centre now"
- Neha Panchamiya, Founder, RESQCT