In July 2016, an appalling video where two medical students in Chennai threw a female dog from a five storey building, went viral on social media.
The poor dog was made to stand on the wall of the terrace. She was visibly scared and was sceptically moving her tail from side to side. The man holding the dog lifted her up and released her, and the sound of her yelping as she lands on the ground will send chills down your spine.
Miraculously, she survived this traumatic incident, albeit with a few spinal fractures and injuries. Among the millions who saw the video and voiced their anger against the students was Sadasivan, a 68-year-old retired police officer from Coimbatore. He decided then and there that he wanted to meet the dog.
For the next two years, Sadasivan collected all the articles about the dog. He discovered that she was rescued by a man named Antony Rubin and a few other animal activists.
Later, Karthik Dhandapani, a long-time Blue Cross volunteer, and his mother adopted her and named her ‘Bhadra.’
When Sadasivan visited Chennai, he started inquiring about Bhadra in the police stations where the cruel incident had taken place. Putting to use his investigative skills, Sadasivan asked around the police stations, post offices and finally got through Antony.
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Antony helped Sadasivan get in touch with Karthik, and he finally met Bhadra, who is now healthy, happy and welcoming to all those who wish to meet her. All he wanted to do was hug her to demonstrate the deep affection he felt for her.
Speaking to The Quint, Antony said,
“It was sweet to know that Bhadra was not forgotten in a few months and how much her story has affected people far and wide. It was heart-warming to see how much people care for animals.”
“I was very touched to meet this old man who had come all the way to meet her,” Karthik told The Quint, adding that “I always am so happy when anyone comes to meet Bhadra. I love to share that happiness with as many people.”
It is indeed touching to see that a once-harassed innocent soul has now found a loving family and friends from beyond Chennai. We hope that Bhadra has a long and healthy life, and the tail wags never cease!
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)