Local woman bravely rescues stray dog in Mangalore.
The Indian Express recently reported the story of a woman from Mangalore climbing down a well to save a dog. The footage went viral on social media. The woman, who does not know how to swim, became a local hero after her brave deed. We were curious to know more about the story.
The stray dog fell into the open well in Mangalore, a coastal city in Karnataka. There are many open wells in the city that require immediate attention from the local government. Kids and animals are often soft targets that fall into the well while playing or running on the roads. This time, our furry friend got lucky!
How did the woman come to the dog’s rescue?
Several locals in the area heard the dog crying for help. The brave woman, identified as Rajani Damodar Shetty, decided to tie a rope around her waist and climb down to the dog’s rescue. Most of the locals were (understandably) extremely hesitant to go down the well. An onlooker posted a video on Twitter showing the woman climbing down and pulling the dog to safety. The video begins with the dog frantically paddling around in the water, and a woman descending into the well. The dog was slowly losing her strength as she was just minutes away from giving up due to exhaustion.
Who is the local hero?
Rajani is an ardent animal lover and takes care of dozens of stray animals in the area. Although she did not know how to swim, she did not think twice before jumping into the well. She has worked to save and protect other stray animals by feeding them and looking after them, but had never taken such a risk before. The dog seemed to understand that she was there to save her, and cooperated with her as she pulled him to safety.
Rajani was unwilling to helplessly watch as the dog succumbed to exhaustion. She put a net around the dog so that he could be lifted safely. The locals immediately praised the woman but she did not stop there. Rajani checked the dog for injuries and ailments, and took the dog to the nearest veterinarian after feeding. She is a hero because she showed up to save man’s best friend, under near impossible circumstances.
We can all be heroes and save stray dogs.
You don’t need to go into a well to save stray dogs. You can help from anywhere in the world by engaging with the stray dog community. Check out the work we do at VOSD!