ACF forced to return Rs1m donation after online backlash

Foundation received flak after people mistook its role following DHA incident settlement


News Desk July 12, 2021

KARACHI:

Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation (ACF), which was provided Rs1 million to vaccinate stray dogs, announced on Monday that it would to return the funds after backlash over the deal between the owner of the two German Shepherds and the lawyer who was mauled by the pet dogs recently.

According to the agreement between the two sides, the dogs were to be put down and the donation to be given to the foundation to vaccinate the stray canines.

However, ACF decided to return the money after facing online backlash from people who thought it had a role in the agreement reached.

The organisation also stated it would take legal action against those defmaing and harassing Ayesha Chundrigar and her staff members.

"We do enough, and it is unfair and absolutely ludicrous to malign us for a battle that wasn’t ours to fight," the ACF said in a statement online.

WATCH: Man mauled by pet dogs in Karachi’s DHA

"We obviously condemn negligence when it comes to handling pets carelessly because poor animals always pay the price as written in our previous post. We also condemn the vicious culling of friendly stray dogs as mentioned in the previous post," it added.

The organisation added, "It is NOT easy to raise funds in our line of work, let alone on the magnitude that we work that is unheard of here. And frankly, that no one is really understanding, trying to force us to fight every battle. Then hating on us when our regular work suffers."

It had also shared online a letter from Taimur Ali Mirza, the son of the vitim, clarifying that the organisation did not know the details of the deal.

Earlier, rights activists called the agreement between Humayun Khan and Mirza Akhtar Ali Advocate preposterous.

Khan’s dogs attacked the lawyer when he was out on a morning walk in the quaint neighbourhood of Khyaban-e-Rahat, DHA Phase VI.

The CCTV footage of the incident that went viral on social media showed the two canines pouncing on Mirza Akhtar and pinning him to the ground as he helplessly tried to defend himself.

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