Chandigarh: Animal welfare goes to dogs : The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Amarjot Kaur

Chandigarh, February 10

Animal rights activists have expressed concern over the absence of veterinarians at the government-run Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) animal shelter and infirmary in Sector 38 here. The volunteers said that for more than 10 days now, medical treatment and surgeries at the facility, which houses an average of 300 to 350 animals in need of intensive care each month, are currently being carried out by non-veterinarian doctors.

Animals including cows, horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits as well as protected wild animals and birds are allowed here by the SPCA ambulance, NGOs, volunteers/animal lovers, the municipality as well as the Punjab Wildlife and Wildlife Department. Department of Chandīgarh.

Citing administration records, they said: “UT administration has awarded a contract worth Rs 73.9 lakh to Jaharveer Co. Manpower & Security Services providing manpower to the SPCA. Now, for more than 10 days, there is no longer a single doctor to take care of injured and sick animals.

Shaurya Madan, one of the animal rights activists said, Currently there is no vet in SPCA for treating animals and something as basic as a bottle of LPG is regularly out of stock, leaving animals fasting. In addition, animals disappear from the premises of the SPCA without any entry in the registers”.

Under the Indian Veterinary Council Act 1984 and rules thereunder, treatment of animal patients by an unregistered veterinarian is unlawful and paravet staff/veterinarian inspectors may only proceed with treatment and surgeries under the supervision and direction of veterinarians. In addition, causing unnecessary pain and suffering to animals is a violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and the rules made thereunder.

UT Advisor Dharam Pal said, “There is a doctor who has been there at the SPCA. His extension had to be approved and that was done two days ago. We demand a new panel from Punjab and Haryana. Other appointments will be made soon. »

Hargunjit Kaur, Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, UT Administration, said, “I have requested a report on the matter and will resolve the issue after reviewing the report.”

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Shaurya Madan, an activist, had previously filed an RTI, which showed that 2,315 animals of different species died at the SPCA, Chandigarh, between January 1, 2021 and September 7, 2021. He said, “When I visited the SPCA recently, I have seen animals kept in poor hygiene and with almost no forage stock. Asked about bird and wildlife mortality, officials did not give me a clear answer. So, I filed an ITR. He said: “Animal Husbandry has treated the SPCA as an affiliate without an overview and has systematically stamped out civil society involvement, which could point out wrongdoing and improve the condition of animals admitted to the SPCA.”

Animals at the SPCA

Animals including cows, horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits as well as protected wild animals and birds are allowed here by the SPCA ambulance, NGOs, volunteers/animal lovers, the municipality as well as the Punjab Wildlife and Wildlife Department. Department of Chandīgarh.

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