Event organised to mark World Veterinary Year
Showers of praise for the remarkable qualities of different breeds of dogs by the chief guest and special invitees marked the World Veterinary Year observance.
The event was organised by the Veterinary College and Research Institute (VS&RI) at the Veterinary College Hospital on Trichy Road near Namakkal on Friday evening.
Dean of VC&RI Dr. C. Chandrahasan in his presidential address noted that the dog was among the first two animals to be domesticated by humans in the early stages of civilisation.
Noting that nearly 167 breeds of dogs existed in various countries, he said that each one differed from one another not only in appearance but also in characteristic features.
“Recently a Chinese billionaire bought a Red Tibetan Mastiff puppy for nearly Rs. 7 crore because of its unique ability to sense danger and alert its master,” the Dean said. In addition to its inborn qualities such as being a good hunter, pet and watch dog, it is much sought after by IT professionals as a stress reliever, he added.
He recalled an incident that took place in this district about three years ago when a dog that accompanied a group of hunters – near Valayapatti during the early hours of the day – ran all its way back to the village and alerted people there, when those who took it to the forest were killed in a road accident.
Additional Superintendent of Police (ADSP) P. Kannammal urged the gathering not to over feed their dogs at night.
She noted that there were dogs in both the houses near Pattanam village where miscreants looted jewels and cash worth more than Rs. 1 lakh, about a week ago.
“But we learnt that the dogs were overfed at night and they had a nice nap while the miscreants had an easy time to slip away with the valuables,” she added.
Lauding the role played by police snooper dogs in crime detection, she advised pet lovers to feed their dogs well during the day and avoid the same at night to help them stay alert and avert incidents of crime in the dark.
Earlier that day different breeds of dogs – German Shepherd, Doberman, Great Dane, Dalmatian, Labrador, Golden Retriever, Terrier, Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin), Rottweiler and Kanni (the only Indian breed) – paraded in the Dog Show that was organised as part of the observance.
Prizes were also distributed to the winners of the first three places in each category.
It was followed by a splendid performance by two police dogs that grabbed the attention of the audience by performing parades, sniffing exercises and bomb detection demonstrations.
Free birth control was performed for 49 dogs and two cats.