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Updated: March 19, 2012 14:19 IST

Pets get a shot in the arm

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DATE WITH THE VET: Two young girls brought their pet to the vaccination camp in Captanio, Mangalore on Sunday. Photo: H.S. Manjunath
DATE WITH THE VET: Two young girls brought their pet to the vaccination camp in Captanio, Mangalore on Sunday. Photo: H.S. Manjunath

Several dogs faced off with each other on Sunday as they awaited their turn for the anti-rabies vaccination during the vaccination camp organised by Animal Care Trust here on Sunday.

Several dog owners of the areas surrounding Capitanio area of the city turned up at St. Ann's Home for the Aged where the camp was being held for the vaccination camp, after posters announcing it had been put up in the neighbouring localities.

Trustee of the trust Suma Nayak told The Hindu that it was the first time that the camp was being organised in that area and that other annual camps in six locations across the city always received a good response. A recent camp in Shaktinagar saw over 100 pet animals being vaccinated by their owners, she said.

Raghu, an autorickshaw driver residing in Padil brought two pups – Ruby and Sheba – to the camp. The six-month-old pups were rather quiet while getting the shot, unlike an Alsatian dog that was rather finicky and would not stay put for the moment that the injection had to be given.

Mr. Raghu said he brought the pups after he saw posters announcing the camp. Member of the trust Francis Pereira attracted a lot of attention when he showed up at the camp with three cocker spaniels – on his motorbike. Named Dinky, Pinky and Blacky, the three spaniels remained on the bike for a few minutes and rushed around the spot after they were released. Blacky sat on the fuel tank and Dinky rode pillion, but Pinky was put into the side box with its front legs hanging out. “They just don't like the car,” said Mr. Pereira. Dinky, a golden-coloured bitch had a small patch of fur on her hind shaved off. Mr. Pereira said that just last week, the nine-year-old dog had undergone surgery.

Vet L. Lakshmi said the dog had a severe uterine infection which had to be operated on. However, now the dog was making a recovery.

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It is nice to hear that people around Mangalore are taking care of their pets by administering anti-rabbis injections. Dog lovers are suggested to take this initiative further by adopting a stray dog and give life to it. The initiative can be taken to further level by assisting civic bodies in organizing of sterilization camps for stray dogs. Once again congratulations to dog lovers. Dog is the best friend of human being.

from:  K R Janardhan Shastry
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 11:16 IST
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