Vijay Singh | Jan 13, 2016, 01.27 AM IST
Navi Mumbai: Nerul-based cobbler, Manoj Purbhe (46), is a local star because of his selfless love for stray animals. One of his current wards is a stray dog called Moti, who went blind in both his eyes after a cruel acid attack by unidentified persons in 2012.
“Moti used to be a very happy, lovable dog. He used to wag his tail when pedestrians passed by but would also bark at alcoholics or druggies hanging around in dark nooks especially in the evening. That night in 2012, I got to know that someone had thrown acid or some strong chemical at Moti and he was howling in pain, bleeding from both his eyes,” recalled Purbhe, a resident of Karave village.
He immediately rushed Moti to the animal sterilization centre at Turbhe, where the vets told him that both the eyes of the stray were beyond repair because of the acid attack.
“I felt a sick, empty feeling of anger and helplessness inside me to see that happy dog become blind. He has stayed with me at my place of work on the pavement since then,” said Purbhe.
Along with Moti, the cobbler also feeds and nurtures a few more stray dogs and a cat.”
Manoj has become so famous as an animal carer, that his story [w]ent viral on social media. Many were touched by the way he continues to help the blind dog and other animals. Recently, a group of NRIs stopped by at his pavement shop and offered to donate a monthly stipend to him so that he can continue to feed and take care of all the animals, including Moti,” said animal activist Arati Chauhan of Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell (NMAPC).