Everyday is a wait for 10-year-old Tiger – a sniffer black Labrador -- employed with a security firm. His owner hasn’t come to take him home from the Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit (BSDP) Hospital for animals at Parel since May. The canine was admitted to the hospital on May 23 for an injury and a minor maggot infection. Over a month later, the security firm -- Hunter Security Force in Wadala -- has not made any efforts to take the treated animal back home.
According to doctors, the reason behind their absence is that the dog has become incurably blind due to old age.
Irked by this, on Monday, Dr JC Khanna, in-charge of BSDP, sent a legal notice to M/S Hunter Security, threatening the company of legal action if they didn’t take the canine back in 48 hours.
“I have sent a legal notice to Hunter Security Company. After several reminders, the company failed to discharge the dog,” he said.
Easy way out
On May 23, dog handler Gautam Bhawar admitted Tiger in BSDP, claiming that he was suffering from a minor maggot infection above the tail and in the left hind leg. The hospital treated the dog and cleared it for discharge on June 7. Since then, Dr Khanna and the hospital manager Dr Mayur Danger have been contacting the security firm but to no avail.
“During admission, Bhawar had deposited Rs 3,000. However, the treatment costs have amounted to Rs 12,900 as the hospital charges Rs 300 per day per dog for lodging, boarding and general care,” said Dr Khanna. “In reality, because the dog has become incurably blind due to age the security firm is not taking him back,” said Dr Danger.
The amount that has been spent on the dog till date by the hospital
The other side
“I am dog handler only. I am not the owner. The dog belongs to Hunter Force. Daily, I go to the hospital and take care of the dog. If BSDP contacts through proper channel, Hunter will take discharge and will pay full amount,” said Bhawar who was handling the dog since eight years and admitted him to the hospital.
“Our boss was out of station. We were in regular touch with the hospital. Today we cleared the issue and will get the dog discharged soon,” said Rahul Jadhav, an officer of the security firm.