Animals feel the blues at shelter
01 Mar 2010
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CHENNAI: Up on entering the Blue Cross of India shelter in Velachery on the pretext of looking for a missing dog last Thursday, this reporter and photographer found the situation pathetic with animals howling in pain.
Blue Cross is an NGO that offers quality medicare to animals. Of late, it has allegedly gone to the dogs because of gross mismanagement.
A newborn kitten, that was struggling to even stand on its feet, dragged itself towards the visitors, perhaps hoping to get some care. With no one lending a helping hand, the kitten flopped on the ground.
“What do you expect us to do, the doctors are on strike,’’ said a sweeper.
In the abandoned dog section, injured animals were suffering without proper attention.
A Pomeranian with a deep cut near its tail, was lying in a semi-conscious state and other dogs with visible injuries were howling in pain.
In the adjacent treatment section, the dogs in cages were barking and howling with no one to attend to them. “After the doctors resigned, only two doctors come on weekends to treat the animals. If you come at night, you will see their suffering,’’ said another employee. He also said that the place was cleaned up on Thursday because some officials were expected on the premises for inspection.
Outside the gates, scores of people, who brought injured animals for treatment, were sent back as the outpatient ward was closed. “We rescued this dog near Saidapet bus stand and treated him in the local veterinary hospital. But vets there said the condition of dog was serious and asked us to take it to Blue Cross. But the outpatient ward is closed,” Vigasini of Saidapet said.
Manimaran from Medavakkam had brought his pet Pomeranian that was bleeding from a deep wound near the neck.
“We have no idea where we ought to take our pet for treatment. We applied some turmeric, but it is profusely bleeding,’’ Manimaran said.
Dhana Lakshmi of Guindy, who was seen carrying a rabbit, said that her pet was pregnant and she had brought it there as it had stopped eating for three days. She was also clueless where to go next.
Metilda, who had earlier worked as volunteer in Blue Cross said: “The management forced me to quit because I questioned the ill-treatment of animals in the centre. Now, I have rescued four animals thrown out by Blue Cross and am taking care of them.’’ The doctors, who had resigned on February 7 for causing the crisis, said that they were paid just Rs 9,000 while their counterparts in Hyderabed and other centres were drawing more than Rs 20,000.
They also accused the management of ill-treatment. “We know the animals are suffering there, but how could we work facing harassment and threat from the management that treats us like slaves,’’ asked the doctors.
Now, around 1,500 domestic animals, including dogs, cats, goats, sheep, cattle, donkeys, horses and rabbits at the shelter are suffering without proper care. Besides, abandoned pups need daily care.