An­i­mal hospital in Thane strug­gles with space crunch

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THANE: A week ago, a mon­key, who had suf­fered burn in­juries, was brought to So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (SPCA) in Thane.

The vet­eri­nar­i­ans had to turn away the for­est depart­ment of­fi­cials as the an­i­mal hospital did not have space to ac­com­mo­date the mon­key.

The of­fi­cials had to shift the an­i­mal to an an­i­mal hospital in Kar­jat, 164 kms from Thane.

Built in 2005, the Thane SPCA an­i­mal hospital at Brah­mand can ac­com­mo­date 110 an­i­mals. Over the years, the an­i­mal hospital has seen a ris­ing num­ber of in­jured an­i­mals and birds.

Be­cause of the space crunch, the vets have no other choice but to shift the an­i­mals to Parel SPCA. With only four sur­geons, six ward boys and four ju­nior doc­tors, the hospital — the only an­i­mal hospital in Thane dis­trict — is strug­gling to pro­vide health­care to an­i­mals.

It caters to west­ern sub­urbs, from Borivli to Vi­rar, and cen­tral sub­urbs from Thane to Kar­jat and Khopoli and Navi Mum­bai.

Shakun­tala Ma­jum­dar, pres­i­dent of Thane SPCA, said: “Not a sin­gle penny is given by gov­ern­ment. The hospital is run by do­na­tion by an­i­mal lovers. Some­times, we have to pay from our pocket.”

The Thane SPCA gets at least 50 calls a day.

Dr Pranav Ware, a vet­erinian at Thane SPCA, said: “We at­tend to calls and res­cue an­i­mals 24x7. We have been fac­ing space crunch for the past many years but we man­age to treat with the avail­able fa­cil­i­ties.”

The Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC) has as­sured them a big­ger place. Ma­jum­dar said they had writ­ten a let­ter in 2011 for a big­ger plot. “It has been years but we still haven’t got a plot.”

An­i­mal Wel­fare Of­fi­cer from Thane city Meet Ashar, 22, said that, “The Thane dis­trict has only one an­i­mal hospital. Thane SPCA is only 3,000 square feet. As the num­ber of in­jured an­i­mals in­creas­ing day by day, there is a need to ex­pand the an­i­mal hospital.”

Even Parel SPCA is cramped with an­i­mals, hardly leav­ing any space for those from Thane.

Spread on 3 acres of land, the Parel SPCA has a vet­eri­nary col­lege, labs and a op­er­a­tion theatre among other fa­cil­i­ties.

PRAFUL GAN­GURDE

The SPCA an­i­mal hospital at Azad Na­gar in Thane caters to west­ern sub­urbs, Thane and Navi Mum­bai.

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