This pup was buried alive in a pit in Ambattur. She survived the barbaric act and is now a symbol of both human cruelty and compassion. Sriya Narayanan reports
Her eyes are like shiny buttons, and her favourite pastime is leaping up in midair during a game of catch with older dogs. Annie, who is all of thirty-five days old, almost never got to experience the gift of life.
Last week, Jennifer Jacob of the Chennai Adoption Drive (CAD) received a phone call from an anguished boy named Pradeep. “He called us from Ambattur”, says Jennifer. “He said someone had tried to bury a pup alive”. Pradeep revealed to Jennifer that he had heard the cries of a puppy and followed the sound, only to find that they were coming from inside a pit that was about two feet deep. Sand had been heaped over the puppy (who had been beaten), and a concrete slab had been placed over the pit, to prevent her from escaping. Pradeep pulled her out and kept her indoors for safekeeping.
“We wanted to file a police complaint but were unable to determine who had done this to her”, says Jennifer. She took the pup to the veterinarian, who asked that she be kept under observation on account of the trauma of the experience. “She was shaking uncontrollably”, recalls Jennifer. “She was at the clinic for a week”. The pint-sized puppy was cleaned up and cared for, and soon declared out of danger. “We were wondering what to name her…and the vet’s assistant whose name was Ann asked us: why don’t you name her after me? So she became Annie”, says Jennifer.
Annie now has a temporary refuge in the home of Saikiran and his mother Girija Chandrashekar who saw her at a Chennai Adoption Drive event (where they volunteer) and decided to be her bridge to happiness.
“She forgot all about her trauma after coming back from the clinic”, says Saikiran who adds that Annie is a mischievous puppy.
“Sometimes, she does not eat her puppy food and goes and munches on our older dog’s food”, he laughs. “And she plays non-stop until we put her to bed and say it is time to sleep”. He is now on the lookout for a home for Annie – one that will give her quality time, and enjoy her exuberance. Saikiran has two other pets, including another Indian dog who was rescued from homelessness. Says his mother, “She’s an angelic puppy. I always feel that a house is complete only when there are dogs in it”.
“Annie needs a home that will give her the understanding and space to be the happy child that she is”, says Jennifer who believes that while there is a rise in the number of cruelty cases being reported today, there is also an equal increase in the number of people who reach out and help these animals.
“When just one person makes an effort, it starts off a chain of events. Their friends and families are inspired by it”, she says. Like everyone else on the group’s Facebook page who has been following Annie’s story, she is eager to see the journey end in a forever home for the little survivor.
To adopt Annie, call Chennai Adoption Drive at 8939311148