Hyderabad: How did a healthy Hugo die all of a sudden? This is the question Vivek Viswanathan, a resident of Kokapet, is asking on the sudden death of his pet, Hugo.
While leaving the city for two weeks, Vivek had left his dog for boarding with a dog walker, Antony, only to be informed that his favourite pet fell sick and died within two days.
A crestfallen Vivek, who claims Hugo was perfectly healthy when it was left in the care of the dog walker, has lodged a complaint with the police through a voluntary group engaged in animal welfare. He is seeking details on the reasons that resulted in Hugo’s death.
NS Pravallika who runs an NGO, Compassionate Society for Animals, has approached Jeedimetla police on behalf of Vivek explaining the case. A FIR has been registered and police is learnt to be questioning Antony.
Pravallika told the police that the pet owner handed over the dog to Antony on April 12 as he would be outstation for two weeks and that Hugo was hale and healthy then. However, on April 14, the dog walker contacted Vivek and informed that the dog was sick and that the health was deteriorating. On being asked to take the pet to a veterinarian, Antony claimed to have followed the instructions but later informed that the dog was very critical and could die anytime. Later, much to the dismay of Vivek, the news that Hugo had died was given.
Pravallika, in her complaint to the police, wanted to know how a healthy pet could die, and sought a postmortem and investigation into the cause of death.
She told Telangana Today that the dog walker is suspected to have left the dog on terrace and it died due to intense heat. “A case has been filed against him as per animal welfare laws,” she said.
The animal rights activist said the dog died in miserable conditions and the doctors could not even conduct post mortem. “However, they are carrying out an examination and will give a report tomorrow,” she said.