Recently, a man tied a stray dog and gunned it down atAlkapuri Road, Vadodara in the dead of the night. A guy poured acid over a stray dog’s face simply because it was bugging him. The dog lives a lonely life incarcerated at VSPCA, a shelter for stray dogs at Chapad village, Vadodara.
Cars running down stray dogs are a common sight. So common that we conveniently walk past dead corpses without bothering whether anybody must have informed the Vadodara Municipal Corporation about the accident. All we complain about is the intolerable odor of sloshed limbs and smashed head.
A group from my society walked all the way to the office of Vadodara Municipal Corporation and complained about the stray dogs in the vicinity. According to them, the stray dogs not only rob them of their ‘important’ slumber, but also pose threat to their kids, despite the fact that no stray dog has ever bitten them.
When the Vadodara Municipal Corporation didn’t respond or maybe adjourned their action, this battalion decided to poison their food. On being questioned, they coyly denied of harbouring any such noble intentions of securing their child’s future.
Just the day after Uttarayan (Kite Festival), I went for a walk at a nearby park and was amazed to find chopped wings and legs of pigeons scattered all around the pathway. While cycling my way home, I realised that even the main roads had pigeon’s legs still entangled in the mighty maanjaas and stray dogs relishing them.
Since decades, our home has been a sort of vet clinic for stray animals. Almost every week, we find a stray dog limping towards our gate, sure of the fact that it will get healed here. We know who the usual suspects are, but all we can do is warn them – a caveat so hollow that hardly gets registered in their minds. The very sight of a stray dog consuming food in our neighbourhood makes me cringe with fear that their plan just might get ‘executed’.
There’s no law that prohibits them against hitting a stray dog with a stick, pelting stones in their eyes, teaching their kids to kick them in the gut while walking. Even if there was any such law, would a police station ever register a case of a man throwing acid on a stray dog or running down a cat on the road? Is peaceful coexistence between man and animal so colossal a task? Well, peaceful coexistence has always been difficult for us.
The newspapers will surely report it somewhere in their right column about a dog being gunned down. The news will vanish the next day and nobody would bother to trace the culprit. The dog is dead anyway, so why not the news? After all, it’s just the headline that matters, isn’t it?