Saturday, May 28, 2005

Travelling? Make arrangements for your pet

This dog was left hungry, thirsty, and without fresh air by his human family. The neighbour who was supposed to have looked after the animal obviously hadn't done so. Animal welfare activists rushed the dog to medical help.

“There are several centres and hospitals that take care of such dogs whose masters are on vacations. I have registered a case against Capt. C M Shrivastava under Animal Cruelty Act 1960 at the Dindoshi police station and the pet will only be handed over to the family after all the legalities are taken care of,” stated animal welfare officer Bhavin Gathani of Karuna Parivar, Goregoan.

If you're going on a road trip to a dog-friendly hotel or house, consider taking your pet along. If you're taking the train, you can take your pet along in a first-class coupe or a first AC coupe; if not, the animal will have to travel in the guard's van. If you're travelling by flight, Indian Airlines allows only lapdogs inside the cabin with you; if your dog is bigger than a lapdog, he or she will go into the hold, in a cage. Ask your vet about a suitable sedative.

If you're leaving the animal at home to be looked after, please make sure you leave him/her in the care of an animal-lover/trained professionals.


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