So­cial me­dia helped end don­key’s suf­fer­ing

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

Dear Editor, On Tues­day, April 10 around 11.30 am I re­ceived a face­book mes­sage and photo from Leon Andy Tar­goon­chan­drue, Ma­haicony, about a don­key that had been suf­fer­ing for sev­eral days. I asked him to tie the don­key and leave him wa­ter while I made con­tact with the au­thor­i­ties. He did. I then called the Guyana Live­stock De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (GLDA) and in­formed them about the don­key’s con­di­tion. They gave me the cell num­ber for Doc­tor Joel Or­lando Dilc­hand, the vet re­spon­si­ble for that area. I called the good doc­tor and within 30 min­utes he was at the lo­ca­tion and was shocked to see the an­i­mal’s con­di­tion. The don­key had screw worms in the right shoul­der blade, a bro­ken leg, and lac­er­a­tions on his tes­ti­cles, among other in­juries. He rec­om­mended eu­thana­sia but did not have the drug. Luck­ily, there was a li­censed firearm holder in the area, who was will­ing to put the suf­fer­ing an­i­mal to sleep. Dr Joel Or­lando Dilc­hand went to Ma­haicony Po­lice Sta­tion and in­formed them about the sit­u­a­tion. They sent an of­fi­cer to make sure the an­i­mal’s suf­fer­ing ended. The doc­tor then called the NDC for that area, who re­moved the body the same day.

Editor, GLDA has come to the as­sis­tance of many suf­fer­ing large an­i­mals es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas. Thanks to Dr Dwight Wal­dron, Deputy Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of GLDA, who goes out of his way to make sure help is given in a timely man­ner. Thanks are also due to the GLDA team of vets for help­ing an­i­mals re­cover and in some cases end their suf­fer­ing hu­manely and timely.

Thanks to so­cial me­dia this don­key’s suf­fer­ing ended.

Yours faith­fully, Syeada Man­bodh

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