So, yes….I did the disappearing act again. It seems that is happening rather frequently here come of late. I thought rather than hiding in my flat of solitude that I would gather my wits, take a deep breath and give you all an opportunity to see what I’ve been faced with recently.
SIDENOTE: You all remember that I had attended the Community Owners Association Meeting where I had worked hard at convincing them as to the laws surrounding Goldie and Brownie and how they could not be removed by law. As far as I knew, that agreement still stood and I was still following through on my end by teaching the children how to interact with the dogs and puppy’s, teaching the puppies manners around humans, continue my work with Goldie and Brownie and clean up any messes the dogs left in common areas (or the children while playing with the dogs).
First I should tell you that Goldie’s last little boy pup, Rebel, was hit and killed by a speeding taxi driver here in our complex last Friday. Actually, he was hit and hurt. I heard him screaming so went rushing down to him. He was, after all, my little Rebel boy and he had a special place in my heart. While 7 other people stood around stupidly watching a poor 2 month old puppy yell in pain and try to crawl away, I pushed through them, picked him up (causing more horrendous screaming) and moved him to a grassy area. Two of my neighbors were home and came down. One yelled at everyone for standing by and doing nothing, the other got his car and drove me and Rebel to the vet. He was my sweet, adventurous boy during that car ride….only crying out in pain once when we hit a pothole. The doctors kept him overnight as we weren’t sure the extent of the damage other than he could not support his weight in the back for more than a few seconds. They gave him pain medication and warm milk. He died in his sleep that night.
It took me quite some time to get over Rebel’s death as I had originally adopted him out last Wednesday. But the lady who is helping me find homes for the pups learned from other rescues that the family were habitual puppy adopters who would then abandoned the dog or it would die under mysterious conditions. Needless to say I called them to bring Rebel back Thursday. Because he was happier with his cousin puppies, and because I was not at all sure of his being able to find a good home (aka he needed to learn to be a street dog), I didn’t take him home with me. I released him in the enclosure.
He was hit the next morning.
You can imagine my guilt.
Then Tuesday night came and Bear and I heard a loud thud and scream and barking below our bedroom window. We looked only to see Brownie barking and her favorite and most littlest girl, Rose, lying dead by the edge of the complex road. The driver had apparently been speeding and swerved to avoid an illegally parked car, thereby going close to the curb and killing little Rose.
The guards refused to bury her, stating that they would ask Maintenance to handle it when they came at 9am the next morning. Even when we pointed out that the children went to their school bus and RIGHT PAST where little Rose’s body was, they remained adamant. Until I showed up at the Guard House and then things changed. My loud accusations brought other residents, who once known the situation, also demanded a proper burial for the pup and for it to be done that very night. Finally a guard ran to get a laborer with a shovel, the grave was dug behind the enclosure and next to where we had previously buried Pima (Goldie’s boy who died the same way) and we said our prayers and walked away.
Then, on November 23rd the Idiots began returning to our Society from their month-long Diwali vacations. Non of them were aware nor tried to inform themselves of the newest decisions regarding the dogs.
I thought perhaps now that I have gotten away from this a bit and am ready to face them this weekend at the next meeting, you might enjoy reading these emails and perhaps giving your opinions or insight.
Without further delay….. I give you Lunacy and Idiocy in Email Format.
In response to an email that I had sent out giving the specifics of the law regarding stray dogs, what we could do and what I was willing to offer free of charge (training on how to deal with animals in any situation), they sent a succession of aggressive and idiotic emails to be read by the entire society.
After each person’s email, I will include my response to them in pink italics.
Thanks Gori for this email. However I diagree that in closed gates societies other dogs will take up the territory if we get rid of the current lot. I have lived in many societies and this is the first time, I am seeing so many dogs inside the premises.Already we can see lot of dog left overs (excretion) inside the society. People can feed these dogs regularly but no one will remove these. My suggestion would be to find a good home for these puppies and for the remaining ones – get them transferred to another suitable home or hand them over to some social service agency. Getting them regularly vaccinted and checked for dieseases will be really tough and they may become dangerous to the small kids roaming int the society.
I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with you here. While I have been in other society’s where there is not an obvious dog issue within the grounds, these have all been society’s within older and established society’s in Pune’s borders. This means that the area has been built up for tens of years instead of less than 5 and not surrounded by countryside and villagers who encourage the lives of dogs.
Our Society is smack in the middle of what was once farm land and a village. If you step outside the grounds you will find at the very least 5-6 different dogs at any given time. I have counted over 10 in the year that I have lived here.
Also, it is not only the two strays in the complex (and their puppies) which are defecating in common areas. There are at least 7 family’s living in our Society that I know of who are dog owners and never in the year that I have lived here have I watched any one of them pick up after their dog. I am not condoning it, I am only saying that the stray’s are not the only issue here and the problem is not just going to disappear with them.
PLEASE READ: I think what everyone here has missed is the fact that it is ILLEGAL by Indian Law to relocate these animals to a new “home” unless they are being adopted by a family who signs an agreement to care for them for their life time. It is also illegal to harm an animal in any fashion. If you want to further read about this law, you can do so at this link: http://www.karmayog.com/dogs/hcorder1988.htm
I really understand your concern, but seeing as how neither of the Soceity ‘strays’ are vicious or aggressive unless you first provoke them (and anyone would be in that situation whether you are dog or human), there is nothing that, by law, can be done. As soon as the pups are all adopted out, which I am working aggressively for, or when they are of age and no longer need their mother’s milk, I will contact the Blue Cross Society to request a pick up of the girls for them to be fixed and vaccinated. However, by law, Blue Cross will then have to return them to their habitat which is our Soceity.
I am attempting to make a hard situation better by offering my services in a way that will help everyone. If you have a better suggestion or one that fits into the law of the land, then I am ready to hear it. 🙂
I agree to [first email]… This is India not US where the things for even stray dogs are organizaed.Instead of talking of educating 400 people on how to takle with stray dogs and vaccination and safety procedures etc…………Lets take a simpler step that ONCE & FOR ALL get rid of these stray dogs…so that there is no nonsence in the future. (For now place all these puppies in some safe hands) and then we dont have the problem of handling puppies also in the future.THIS STRAY DOGS IS A BIGGEST NUISENCE IN THIS COUNTRY….. THE SO CALLED ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS ARE WORRIED ABOUT STRAY DOGS BUT NOT FOR PEOPLE.So lets be practical and get rid of this problem once & for all..
The shelters in Pune do not pick up and hold healthy stray dogs from residential areas.
INDIA’S LAWS make it ILLEGAL to relocate these animals to a new “home”. This means that you cannot put them in a car and drive them somewhere else to be dumped. It is also illegal to harm an animal in any fashion. If you want to further read about this law, you can do so at this link: http://www.karmayog.com/dogs/hcorder1988.htm
I would rather spend my time trying to help and educate 400 people who live in a city with over 42,000 stray dogs then to continue the mentality of “out of MY sight out of mind”…. the problem will still exist and only get worse. Obviously that mentality did not work anymore than mass extermination of stray animals worked under British rule or even after India took over. In fact, the stray dog problem has only grown.
And as a Hindu, it is my belief that all life should be respected and cared for. ALL life. Not just that which I deem worthy. And most of the dogs that are in the streets no longer resemble the noble Indian dog, they are a mix of Lab and German Shepherd and British Spaniel which tells me that HUMANS helped make this worse by bringing trophy dogs here, not having them fixed and leaving them behind to fend for themselves. The stray dog issue may be a large problem for us but it’s one that we have created and now it’s time for us to do the RIGHT thing to fix it instead of the ILLEGAL thing to make it go away.
So, with that in mind and because I am a law-abiding citizen, I am attempting to adopt out the remaining puppies to good homes. Once that is done, the two stray Soceity females will be fixed and vaccinated by Blue Cross Society since PMC has failed to respond. BY LAW, the dogs will be returned to their ‘homes’ which is our Soceity.
However, if you have a better and LEGAL idea I am ready to hear it.
Next Email (SAME GUY):
Its good to see that you have so read so much about the RIGHTS of STRAY DOGS. Have you ever read the RULES & REGULATIONS on Road Safety and Human Rights or Traffic.How many people are aware and follow traffic rules. Do you?How many people are aware of RTO rules while driving a 2 / 4 rules? I can challange 60% people are not aware of the intricacies of RTO rules?How many people are aware of Human Rights Commission and are bothered about that.Why are elephants still being taken on the roads by people for begging and making money?Why are bears, monkeys & snakes are still being used to entertain people and make money?Why are some socities (I can name at least 20 socities in Gurgaon, Mumbai & Noida) where there no stray dogs. And if any stray dog tries to enter the society, he / she is thrashed out at the same time.Do you know on Bakrid there are 1000’s of cows being transported in trucks (in bad conditions) from Kolkata to Bangladesh & Punjab & J&K to Pakistan for slaughter.I dont mind or have any conflicts with your passion of loving dogs, you can have pets at your home. Its everybodies personal choice.I have a friend in Gurgaon who love dogs and has at least 25 of them from different breeds and different sizes in his bunglow.So lets be practical, and get rid of these stray dogs. The society is meant for the residents and the garden, green patches & playareas for our children and not for stray dogs to make the place dirty and just make the nonsence of everything.I dont ask to kill dogs or beat them or to dispace them? in the last meeting we agreed to a solution to put pipes (dog trap) at the entrance so that any animal cannot cross the gate and come inside. Close all other UNAUTHORIZED openings and then ask PMC to steralize the dogs and leave them in the access roads.So they will be stearlized, they will be near the society but they cannot enter the society. And after few months we will be free of stary dogs.I would like to know on this forum how many people are with me and how many support Gori Rajkumari. Lets be open in our disucssion and as per the majority lets go ahead with that.I am VERY aware of quite a lot of INDIA’S Laws as it pertains to my citizenship within India. You will find, sir, that I am a STRICT adherent to any and all laws UNLIKE some people who pick and choose to break the laws as they see fit. And yes, by your previous statements of “Let’s get rid of them” it was a very clear indication to anyone that you did care if the law was broken so much as that YOU were not inconvenienced.
To answer your questions SIR.
1) TRAFFIC AND RTO LAWS: My husband never drives over 10km within the society and drives well within the speed limit on outside roads. I do not currently drive as I have not yet obtained an Indian Licence. When riding our motorcycle, both my husband as the driver AND MYSELF as the passenger wear certified helmets and we never ride a child or third adult. You can find all RTO laws here: http://www.timesol.net/rto/ I challenge you to ask me one question about the laws of the road that I cannot answer.
2) Human Rights Commission: I am very aware of the Human Rights Commission and wonder if you are asking if I am aware OR why I chose to help animals instead of people. My question to YOU would be the reverse. Does not ALL living things have a right to live a humane and decent life? My limit is that for the present I am constrained to our Society. However, this does NOT change the fact that when I witness or hear of injustice I will speak to it. Whether it is a human or an animal. For your reference: http://www.punedistrict.com/humanright.php
3) Animals for Human use: Because these people chose to ignore the laws of the land.
4) Society’s without Stray Animals: Why do they have none? You answered your own question and showed your mentality. “Thrashing” a living thing. Very nice. My answer would be because either they had dogs at one time, and had them sterilized and vaccinated and once they died no other dogs attempted to move in because the territory had long been established. OR they refused to follow the law as it did not satisfy their need. Also, I can name 100’s more that DO have stray dogs or ‘society’ dogs including three here in Pune and four in Mumbai as well as two in Delhi and those are just the ones that I know of.
5) 1000’s of Cows Dying due to transport: No, I was not aware, however if YOU were my question would be why you stood aside and said nothing but yet tried to use this as an arguing point with me.
My passion is for ALL living things Sir, but most especially for those who do not have a voice of their own. I do not like the tone of your emails and will admit that they make me nervous for the safety of the animals residing in this complex whether they are stray or not. You see, I also read the papers and have seen many more incidents of animals being poisoned or beaten to death then I have of people doing the right thing.
In the last meeting, no such agreement was made with regards to pipes to keep animals out. Should you wish to get the animal border installed at the main gate and close all unauthorized accent points then I welcome that even though I highly doubt that this will keep them out. I am very aware of the cattle grids that you are referring to and the dogs can easily traverse these. In order for it to work you would need to have the grid plates at a stride too long for a normal dogs reach, say nearly two feet and it would need to go on for some distance so that they could not jump it. How exactly to you plan for a motorcycle or bicycle or person walking to traverse a space that is two feet??? Also, the guards here cannot even keep people who live here from speeding or parking illegally or throwing their trash on the grounds or behaving loudly and obnoxious when intoxicated and outside, how do you suppose they will keep out the 20 dogs looking to expand their territory and living outside our complex?
Sir, I STRONGLY suggest you be at this weekends meeting as I will be there and we can discuss this further.
PS: Nope, that last guy was too afraid to respond to me again after that.
PSS: It took me nearly five minutes to ‘ignore suggestion’ through his writing due to his gramatical and spelling errors. I had about 8 and they were all passive voice issues which I’m always guilty off. Harumph.