Express Message Service
CHENNAI: Happiness is tangible in Deepu Jain’s house, and the source of it is a bundle of fur flying around her apartment. Ruby, a seven-month-old golden retriever, is back home, ending a fearful 40-day hunt for her by police officers, animal rights activists, volunteers and family. They had almost given up hope of finding her again.
Deepu and her family left Ruby at an OMR boarding school in Chennai on February 10 before heading to Rajasthan. They had hoped to return soon and get her from the kennel, but the family grew somber when they heard that Ruby had disappeared from the shelter on February 14th.
“It was a case of negligence on the part of the shelter when they left the kennel open. They only filed a complaint with the police after two days,” Deepu said. The police were initially unable to locate the dog. Later, some employees of the Deepu company said they saw a grocery delivery man take them on his bicycle.
Around this time, Deepu’s family members came across a tweet about Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan’s dogs in Madurai. In order to somehow find Ruby, the family sought his help. “What led to my involvement is a March 15 tweet from TNIE’s resident editor. Ruby’s owner tweeted the issue by tagging me. I immediately contacted a few animal rights activists. I have also contacted the Tambaram Police Commissioner,” PTR told TNIE.
What followed was a coordinated operation to track down Ruby. A team of activists created a small video that was shared widely on social media. When volunteers located all of the delivery boys in the area, they had also spoken to the boy who had taken the dog away.
Later, realizing that the police were behind the case, he himself called the volunteer and promised to bring Ruby back. He had given Ruby to a family in Mayiladuthurai.
“We were lucky. We might find Ruby,” said Antony Rubin, a Chennai animal rights activist who helped with the search. PTR said the incident taught them some lessons set up shortly.”
“When I became involved in his case, some people criticized me and suggested that my focus should be on policy making and implementation. But I think I should be a philanthropist first. I’m so happy today that the dog is back with its owner,” PTR said. It is recalled that PTR has allocated Rs 20 crore to support NGOs caring for abandoned and injured pets and stray animals.