Compassion, kindness, and a heart to love other beings around you are the three traits which have become almost non-existent in our society. While we are all busy with our selfish desires to fulfil our own rat race called life, we forget to enjoy the goodness in our lives. However, there are some of us who still believe in being selfless in life. Just like this 68-year-old retired police officer who travelled 500 km to hug a dog that was thrown off a roof.
Sadasivan, a retired police officer, travelled from Coimbatore to Chennai to meet and hug the dog who was thrown from a terrace and suffered 2 spinal fractures. In July 2016, a medical student did one of the cruellest acts to a dog when he threw the dog named Bhadra off a rooftop.
The video of this incident went viral on social media and the public lashed out at these students. Eventually, the students were suspended, arrested, and released on bail. Meanwhile, the dog survived with two spinal fractures. While many people lashed out in anger on social media only Karthik Dhandapani, a volunteer with Blue Cross and his family provided shelter for the dog.
Almost 2 years later, Bhadra the dog found a new arm to hug a retired police officer who travelled 500 km just to meet her. When Sadasivan learnt about the dog, he visited Kundrathur police station in Chennai to know more. The authorities there did not have much information so in a hope to find more on the case he travelled.
In an interview with The Quint, he said: “I felt bad for Bhadra. It was, after all, a poor voiceless animal and I couldn’t imagine the trauma it went through. It really affected me.” Following his leads, he reached out to a couple of animal rescuers and activists and that’s how he bumped into Antony Rubin, the man who rescued Bhadra.
This selfless gesture really touched the caretaker of Bhadra and he said, “I was very touched to meet this old man who had come all the way to meet her. It was sweet to know that Bhadra was not forgotten in a few months and how much her story has affected people far and wide. It was heart-warming to see how much people care for animals.”
These small acts of kindness are the reason why humanity still exists. Sadasivan is a real-life hero who thought of other living before him and for that, we give him a big salute.