Crip­pled ca­nines get a chance to move around, cour­tesy ‘Raah­giri’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­[email protected]

LUC­KNOW : The Luc­know Devel­op­ment Author­ity’s cit­i­zen-ori­ented ini­tia­tive ‘Raah­giri’ on Sun­day morn­ing not only spread aware­ness about an­i­mal rights among peo­ple but also gave a new lease of life to dogs who were strug­gling to take a step for­ward af­ter be­ing paral­ysed or crip­pled due to ac­ci­dents.

At the event, which was held at Gomti River­front in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dhyan Foun­da­tion, dog wheel­chairs were given to pet own­ers or those will­ing to care for dogs suf­fer­ing from paral­y­sis, dis­ease, old age and spinal in­jury.

Con­cerned over the sit­u­a­tion of an­i­mals es­pe­cially dogs, a num­ber of dog lovers gath­ered in the event. It was ob­served that dogs hit by a ve­hi­cle of­ten ended up be­ing crip­pled. “Tak­ing care of such dogs is an up­hill task be­cause they should be kept clean and dry and ex­er­cised reg­u­larly to pre­vent skin ul­cers and other com­pli­ca­tions which lead to un­told mis­ery,” said Ru­pala Saha of Dhyan Foun­da­tion.

An­i­mal lover Keerti Shri­vas­tava said dog wheel­chairs acted as an aid for par­a­lytic dogs and en­abled them to lead a bet­ter life.

“Some­times, pet dogs are aban­doned af­ter such dis­abil­ity. Such pro­grammes will en­cour­age peo­ple to adopt or care for these an­i­mals,” said Ra­jat Kumar, a lo­cal res­i­dent.

The prob­lem of stray an­i­mals, es­pe­cially dogs, was also dis­cussed. “We have to look for a so­lu­tion. Adop­tion and ster­il­i­sa­tion are some so­lu­tions and lo­cals have to come for­ward to par­tic­i­pate in this move­ment,” said Saha, ad­ding, “Killing or beat­ing the an­i­mals is not the way out.”

DEEPAK GUPTA/HT

▪ Dog wheel­chairs be­ing given to those will­ing to care for par­a­lytic dogs at the ‘Raah­giri’ event in Luc­know on Sun­day.

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