After a week, Bengaluru doctor’s pets rescued from sealed house | bangalore


Straight out of a ‘faith in humanity restored’ Tumblr post, police have rescued the pets of Bengaluru resident Dr Priyadarshini, whose home was sealed off by a bank after she failed to repay the funds of his home loan. The pets included two Persian cats, two turtles and a large fish tank, which were believed to have been trapped in the closed house without food or water since last Friday.

According to reports, Dr Priyadarshini was rounding the High Court for a hearing when bank officials stormed into her home to confiscate and seal her over non-repayment of home loans. Officials complied with the book and sealed her home in her absence, allegedly despite knowing she had pets. However, when the doctor found out about the incident, she reportedly rushed home and pleaded with the authorities to release her pets.

Officials, however, said they rejected the request, following which Dr Priyadarshini went to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

SPCA member and animal rights activist Arun Prasad later took to Twitter and shared the story, urging senior officials to take action on it. Prasad said The Hindu, The West Division Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) replied to his tweet and asked Rajarajeshwari Nagar Police to rescue the animals.

the Bangalore Mirror reported that Prasad first contacted the bank and explained that it was committing an offense under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA), but officials apparently did not yield to any demands. Bank officials could have been punished under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.

Prasad also contacted the bank president, but he washed his hands. Prasad then told reporters that if anything happened to these pets or they starved to death, the bank would be responsible.

On the orders of DCP West, the police went to Dr Priadarshini’s home to rescue his pets and also summoned bank officials to the scene. However, officials showed up without the house key, after which they opened a window and rescued the pets.

According to reports, a cat and a turtle have disappeared. However, the other pets have been examined by veterinarians and are now in the custody of their owners. Dr Priyadarshini is currently staying at a lodge with her two daughters.


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