Bhadra, who was thrown off a building two months ago, is full of life, the trauma of that incident reflected only in the limp she may have for the rest of her life.
“She is full of life, very friendly, and always ready to play,” says Karthik Dhantapani, the man who’s been looking after her since she was patched up. Now, he just can’t give her up for adoption to someone else.
On July 5, the Kundrathur police found Bhadra cowering under a staircase in Madha Medical College hostel in Chennai. They called Antony Rubin and Shravan Krishnan, who had initially brought the case to light and offered a reward to ascertain the identity of the man who threw the dog off the building.
When she was found, Bhadra was battered, hurt and terribly scared. After Antony and Shravan got the dog treated for the fracture and other injuries she sustained, they asked their friend Karthik if he could look after her temporarily.
Shravan and Antony wanted to put Bhadra up for adoption after she completely recovered. “When she did, they asked me if I would like to adopt her as I have been with her for two months. I did not have any second thoughts about that,” said Karthik.
Thirty-five-year-old Karthik always wanted a dog, so he decided to adopt Bhadra. “It was not a planned decision. I always wanted to have a dog and it just happened that it was Bhadra,” he said.
Karthik says that the fracture on Bhadra’s leg has healed after being in a cast for weeks. At the last visit, the veterinary doctor took an X-ray and said that the bones are set. “She has recovered, but limps when she is walking. I think that the limp will be permanent because of the damage the fall has done to her.”
Regardless of that, it appears that Bhadra’s spirit at least, is intact. “Bhadra loves to be around people. Whenever someone comes to my house, she wants to sit in the middle. She loves attention and wants to be around me,” he said. Whenever he takes her for a walk in the evening, she loves chasing off crows.
The man who threw Bhadra off the terrace was identified as Gautam S, a final year student from Madha Medical college. The other medical student who was involved in the incident was Ashish Paul. They were arrested by the police but later granted bail. They were subsequently told to pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh each with the Madras High Court for torturing the dog.