Po­lice of­fi­cers demon­strat­ing in­creas­ing aware­ness and con­cern for an­i­mal wel­fare

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, On Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 22, 2018, a GSPCA An­i­mal In­spec­tor and I went to the Vig­i­lance Po­lice Sta­tion to give sup­port to a fam­ily whose 10-week old poo­dle was (al­legedly) de­lib­er­ately killed. Many peo­ple seek­ing jus­tice for other mat­ters got there be­fore 8:30 am. We as­sem­bled like cat­tle un­der a benab. It was close to 10 am when the Mag­is­trate ar­rived as he had to pre­side over court mat­ters at the Ma­haicony Po­lice Sta­tion be­fore com­ing to the Vig­i­lance Mag­is­trate’s Court. We were hot, stressed and tired when a young po­lice in­spec­tor passed by. She looked very neat and pro­fes­sional in her uni­form and cheered us up with a good morn­ing ac­com­pa­nied by a warm smile. When she came out of Court a few min­utes later I stopped and com­pli­mented her on her pos­i­tive at­ti­tude. She told me her name was (In­spec­tor) Shavon Jupiter.

On Oc­to­ber 24th, 2018, I called the Leonora Po­lice Sta­tion about an an­i­mal cru­elty mat­ter (two small dogs were locked in a filthy ken­nel in the hot sun). A Lance Cor­po­ral, Leon Wil­liams, an­swered the phone and took my in­for­ma­tion. Ed­i­tor, his man­ner of speak­ing gave me a pos­i­tive feel­ing; he was pleas­ant, lis­tened to what I had to say, and promised to fol­low up af­ter dis­cussing the mat­ter with his su­pe­ri­ors. He was given per­mis­sion to act and he quickly con­tacted the owner’s brother and re­solved the prob­lem.

On Novem­ber 1st, 2018, I called Agri­cola Po­lice Sta­tion and spoke with Cor­po­ral Weaver re­gard­ing an an­i­mal cru­elty prob­lem that was en­gag­ing the GSPCA. This mat­ter had been on­go­ing for months with no end in sight. Cor­po­ral Weaver was ex­tremely pleas­ant and help­ful. She took my in­for­ma­tion and said she would dis­cuss the mat­ter with the O/C in charge of the Ruimveldt Po­lice Sta­tion - Of­fi­cer Singh. She was given per­mis­sion to help the GSPCA re­solve the mat­ter. True to her word, on Novem­ber 2, 2018, Cor­po­ral Weaver and Lance Cor­po­ral An­der­son, the GSPCA An­i­mal In­spec­tor and a cou­ple an­i­mal lovers went to the place in ques­tion. The owner of the home signed an agree­ment, read to her by Cor­po­ral Weaver, in which the an­i­mal owner agreed to ten points spec­i­fied by GSPCA for im­prov­ing an­i­mal wel­fare. The an­i­mal owner was then of­fi­cially given pos­ses­sion of a new wooden dog ken­nel do­nated by Noreen Gaskin, bowls (food and water) col­lar, worm medicine and chow do­nated by friends of mine.

Other good news that make me feel change is com­ing:

- A cou­ple days ago, Of­fi­cer in Charge of Sub Divi­sion #1, Khalid Man­dall, saw an in­jured horse pass­ing Brick­dam Po­lice Sta­tion and im­me­di­ately in­formed GSPCA;

- Sergeant Solomon and Cor­po­ral Britton of Vig­i­lance Po­lice Sta­tion have shown com­pas­sion for an­i­mals by pro­vid­ing pos­i­tive sup­port on the case;

- The new Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Paul Wil­liams, has demon­strated em­pa­thy for an­i­mals.

Ed­i­tor, I’m pleased to in­form that po­lice of­fi­cers around Ge­orge­town are demon­strat­ing an in­creas­ing aware­ness and con­cern for an­i­mal wel­fare. Let’s hope such com­pas­sion spreads through­out the po­lice force as all an­i­mals need their sup­port. It all starts with a kind smile!

I alone can­not change the world, but I can cast a stone across the wa­ters to create many rip­ples….Mother Teresa Yours faith­fully, Syeada Man­bodh

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