In a rather unusual kidnapping case, three men who wanted his dog allegedly abducted a Noida resident.
The incident happened on Wednesday evening in Noida’s Alpha 2 neighbourhood.
Rahul Pratap, a resident of Greater Noida was walking his pet, said to be a Dogo Argentino breed, when three men in an SUV stopped him and said they liked the dog.
They then allegedly demanded Rahul hand over his pet to them, which he declined.
This reportedly resulted in an argument between them, and the gang then forced Rahul onto their Mahindra Scorpio and sped away.
The incident came to light after Rahul’s brother Shubham approached the police.
He claimed that the trio had called him from Rahul’s phone, demanding that the dog be handed over to them, or his brother would be killed.
However, the captors later released him, allegedly due to the fear of getting caught.
Based on Shubham’s complaint, the police have booked three people, Vishal Kumar, Lalit and Monty, all natives of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh.
According to the police, a case has been registered under IPC section 364 (kidnapping), and the accused are on the run.
The incident comes at a time when pet dogs and ownership are widely discussed in Noida.
Recently, following a series of dog attacks on humans, the Noida authority formulated a policy regarding pet animals. As per the guidelines the authority issued, pet owners must register their dogs or cats by January 31 of next year, or they will have to pay a fine. Furthermore, in case of any mishap caused due to pet dogs or cats, a penalty of Rs 10,000 will be imposed.
On December 12, the Noida Authority implemented its newly-drafted pet policy, making it compulsory for pet owners to register their pets by January 31, 2023, or pay a fine.
The registration fee will be Rs 500, and it will be valid for one year. Pet registration renewal will be done between April 1 and 30 every year.
If a person fails to register his pet by January 31, 2023, a fine of Rs 200 will be payable, and the person will have to get his pet registered by February 28, 2023.
The pet owner will have to pay Rs 700 plus Rs 10 per day to the Authority if he registers his pet between March 1 and 31, the statement said, stating the policy rules.
Sterilisation and anti-rabies vaccination of pet dogs have been made mandatory. Failing to do so will render the pet owner liable to pay a fine of Rs 2,000 per month.
If a pet dog litters in a public place, then it will be the animal owner’s responsibility to clean it.
The Noida Authority has decided to provide some space to RWAs, AOAs and village residents to construct a shelter for stray dogs and sick and aggressive street dogs.
The maintenance and management of these shelters will be done by the respective RWAs and AOAs.
It also specified that dedicated feeding points would be made outside societies and residential colonies, and people would only have to feed stray dogs at these selected locations.
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