UT administration lets animal rehab centre go to the dogs

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 22, 2015 10:12 IST
The animals at the rehabilitation centre in Sector 38-C are at the receiving end as it lacks a regular veterinary doctor. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

The UT administration has failed to fulfil its responsibility of reviving Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) even five months after taking its control. The condition of the centre in Sector 38-C, Chandigarh, has gone from bad to worse even since the administration took control from the NGO running it.

The facilities being given to the animals here are far from satisfactory and one of the ailing cows had died last week allegedly due to lack of proper treatment. Even the injuries of dogs were not properly bandaged.

During the visit to the centre, the HT team found that there was no dedicated doctor and assisting staff for the past five months. The four workers have not been paid their salaries for several months.

Director of animal husbandry, UT administration, Karnail Singh, admitted the poor condition of the centre. “There were some legal issues and soon we will hire staff and streamline the centres functioning. We completed all the formalities of the takeover only two days back,” he said.

Currently, the centre has 27 cows, 13 dogs, 10 birds and 5 puppies. The condition of injured animals is deteriorating day by day due to lack of doctor. Also, three vehicles belonging to the centre were lying grounded for lack of maintenance.

One of the workers associated with the centre for 10 years said a doctor visited the centre occasionally. “We have not got our salaries for the past 11 months,’ he said. On the cow’s death last week, he said, some visitors gave the animal porridge to eat and it died.

In June this year, in the light of the failure of NGO—Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) — in sterilising stray dogs and allegations of inefficiency, the UT administration had decided to take over the centre.

Abhishek Joshi, environmentalist, who is a regular visitor to the centre, says, “We have seen so many dogs dying due to lack of proper treatment and for four months, we have not seen a doctor at the centre.”

In July this year, a meeting of governing body of Society for Welfare of Animals (SWA) was held under the chairmanship of UT sub-divisional magistrate Prince Dhawan. A committee was constituted to look into various aspects of the animal care, but even after four months, things have not moved much.

Dhawan even assured that government doctors will be deputed at the centre from 3pm to 5pm.

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