The pet dog of the family whose 11 members were found dead at their residence in north Delhi’s Burari on July 1 in what appeared to be a case of mass suicide, died of a heart attack at his newfound home in Noida.
Tommy, the only survivor in the house, was chained on the terrace and suffering from high fever when the police found him after discovering the 11 bodies.
It was not clear who had tied him. He was later said to have been convalescing at Noida’s House of Stray Animals, where he was taken immediately after being rescued.
Noida-based animal activist Sanjay Mohapatra had adopted Tommy, 6, an Indian-Pitbull mix breed. Mohapatra said Tommy was aggressive and ferocious when an animal rescue team approached him on July 1. It took the team 90 minutes to muzzle the dog and put him in an ambulance.
“Initially, Tommy was depressed… He refused food for the first two days. But his condition improved over the next few days. He had resumed eating and was also acting friendly. I had started taking him on morning and evening walks…,” said Mohapatra.
“Tommy seemed fit and fine till Sunday evening. He had his meals on time and also went for a walk at 2pm. After I took him for a walk in the evening, and brought him home by 6pm, he suffered heart failure and collapsed all of a sudden,’’ said Mohapatra.
“We took help of the veterinary doctor at our shelter and tried our best to revive him but failed.”
Tommy weighed 35kg, which veterinarians and animal experts consider healthy. He had undergone blood tests and his reports were fine. “It is possible that the dog might have had a history of medical issues and its previous owners did not know about it. We find such cases in animals that are of mix breeds.
As the dog was brought into a new environment after the tragedy, it required love and attention at the centre. It is possible that the dog couldn’t adjust to the new environment and this took a toll on his health,” said Geeta Seshamani, vice president, Friendicoes.>