National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and police teams went on duty on Saturday after three puppies fell into a 35-foot deep well in the Kharar village of Bhagomajra.
The pups were trapped in a pit with a diameter of about 6 cm for about 29 hours. Although the five-member NDRF team continued their rescue operation for seven hours, using bulldozers and pipes to supply oxygen, the cubs could not be saved.
Residents said some workers had seen the cubs playing in the area, but they later disappeared. Residents learned of the incident around 5 p.m. Friday and animal welfare groups were informed. The incident went viral on social media on Saturday, after which the NDRF team was called in.
Sources said that a man had started work on a well in Bhagomajra village, but due to a dispute with the contractor, the work was suspended. Police said a worker told them they saw the puppies playing near the well site. “The farmhand said that the puppies suddenly disappeared and he started looking for them. He finally found the pups stuck in the pit on Thursday night,” police said, adding that even after digging around 35 feet, the NDRF saw no movement in the pups.
Kharar (city) station officer Sunil Kumar said: “The NDRF team then inserted a camera into the well to check the condition and attempted to administer oxygen to the pups, but they did not survive. We are searching for the missing owner of the land where the well was being dug and will take appropriate action.”
Kharar Branch Magistrate (SDM) Ravinder Singh had said earlier in the day that the NDRF had been informed and rescue work was underway.
Meanwhile, residents said the puppies could not be saved due to management’s nonchalant attitude. “The incident occurred on Thursday and action was only taken by the administration on Saturday when it went viral on social media. If the NDRF team had been informed earlier, the puppies could have been saved,” said one resident.