Mumbai Police Inspector Receives PETA Award For Rescuing Suffering Dog

For Immediate Release:
1 March 2011

Anu Chowdhary; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Two-Hour Pursuit Ends in Removal of Jar From Frightened Animal’s Head

Mumbai – On Tuesday, an unusual police chase within the Kapurbawdi Police Station compound culminated in a happy ending for the “culprit” – a friendly Indian community dog named Lalya who frequently visits the station. The chase started after the dog got his head stuck in a large plastic jar. Senior Inspector P K Gavane, knowing that Lalya could suffocate or starve, ordered his men to pursue the dog until they caught him and remove the jar. For two hours, the police officers chased Lalya, who tried every manoeuvre in the book to evade his pursuers but was finally caught. The jar was carefully removed, and Lalya is now doing well. Gavane will receive a Hero to Animals Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India for looking out for the safety of not only humans but also every living being in the community.

“Through sheer persistence and determination, Inspector Gavane and the officers from the Kapurbawdi Police Station saved Lalya’s life”, says PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura. “Their compassionate actions will no doubt inspire others to lend a hand when they see animals in distress.”

Gavane will receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation.

Although this incident ended happily, not all dogs and cats who live on the streets are so lucky. Many starve to death, die of untreated illnesses or injuries, get hit by vehicles or fall prey to animal abusers. That’s why PETA encourages people to adopt homeless cats and dogs from the streets or from animal shelters and to help take a bite out of the animal overpopulation crisis by always getting their animal companions sterilised.

Others who have received PETA’s Hero to Animals Award include the Mumbai Fire Brigade, which rescued a kitten who was stuck in a tree; Cyrus Broacha, who refused to ride a bull on an episode of Khatron Ke Khiladi 3; Sadaa Sayed, who stopped to help a puppy who was in trouble, and Zarine Khan, who rescued a cat.

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