From the very beginning of the case there were reports in the community that people knew who was responsible for the attack. The man was well known in the area to be unstable and erratic in his behaviour, with possible mental health problems.
There were further rumours that the dog was in some way associated with the man and that, to scare Moti away, he decided to hurt him. This would not be unheard of as people have been known to injure dogs in similar ways when they want to shoo them away out of their neighbourhood.
Following the attack, the suspect had left his home and was in hiding.
On the morning of the 15th of November, four days after the attack, a number of activists attended a meeting with Mr KK Acharyaji, DSP of Singhdurbar Police Station, to apply pressure on the police to keep up their pursuit of the suspect believed to be responsible for attacking Moti. This was an excellent development for animal welfare in Nepal, and an example of how people working together can change the system and ensure that animal abusers are brought to justice.
Police later stationed officers outside of the man’s house, awaiting his return, and attempted to liaise with the man’s family to ask him to hand himself in, as a warrant had already been issued for his arrest.
In fact, it wasn’t until the 5th of December that it was confirmed the man had been caught, and had confessed to the attack. It was at this point that he showed remorse for the attack and his mental illness became apparant to those who saw him, which we wish he will be able to recover from.