Hyderabad: Brownie is back home after an 18-day ordeal, during which he was in a dilemma, first when new faces played master to him and tried to befriend him, and then, when the same faces began frowning and put a price on him.
This one-and-a-half-year-old Beagle, known to be one of the most happy-go-lucky and fun-loving dogs around, was playing happily in front of an ice cream warehouse in Koti, when three men on a motorcycle picked him up and sped away on May 23.
His owner, P Vinod Kumar, a city-based entrepreneur, approached the Sultan Bazaar police, who, after registering a theft case, set about the task of tracing the unusual stolen item.
“The three men were passing by the Scoops Ice cream warehouse in Koti and saw the dog playing on the road. They lured him and took him away on their motorcycle,” said Sub-inspector E Naresh Kumar.
The investigation saw a team led by S Lakshman, Detective Inspector, Sultan Bazaar, beginning with examining all the closed circuit cameras installed in the area. Though the faces were clear, they had no known criminal records, after which the police turned their attention on the bike. Soon enough, the registration plates led the cops to the owner of the vehicle.
An exercise which took over two weeks, the police finally managed to track Brownie down to the Dabeerpura area in the old city.
“The three youngsters initially planned to keep the dog as a pet. However, on realizing that maintaining a dog was quite costly for them, they decided to sell it. They were looking for customers,” the Inspector said.
The owner and pet are now happy to be back together, with Vinod Kumar at a loss for words to thank the police. Social media, on the other hand, is full of praise for the efforts of Lakshman and his team, with some pointing out that the Hyderabad City Police was ‘not just people-friendly, but dog-friendly too’.