Currently the Bombay SPCA has fifteen Inspectors attending to reports of cruelty. They conduct raids, at intervals, at the slaughter house and areas where horses are used for rides and to pull carts and carriages as well as on pet shops and markets where animals are sold.
Demise of Mr. Manohar Gangaram Jadhav Head of BSPCA InspectorateWe are sorry to have to announce the recent death of Inspector Manohar Gangaram Jadhav. He died suddenly on June 22nd 2014 of a heart attack.
He leaves behind his wife and four children. One son, Tushar, works as a cashier in the BSPCA accounts department. One daughter is married. There are two other children, a son and a daughter. He was just 51 years old.
He served well and carried out his duties faithfully. He organized and conducted numerous raids in places like the slaughter house and Crawford Market, He convicted many drivers for carrying calves on their cabin roofs. He was also an important player in raids in Juhu, on horse and camel owners’ tabelas and would inspect animals on the beach. We show a photo from 2004 showing him at work.
He was brave and often had to deal with violent cattle owners and truck drivers.
He always insisted the Inspectors should be smart and dress accordingly. Another photo shown is of Mr. Jadhav taking the salute. He will be greatly missed and difficult to replace.
The owl that could not fly is now an expert in the air
We have featured the Eurasian Eagle Owl several times during the year. This beautiful bird had been rescued in a forested area and brought to the Bombay SPCA hospital by PAWS(an ngo). The bird was unable to fly but no injury or other problem could be detected.
After two months in the hospital it was agreed to let Gavin, a young engineer with a passion for raptors, see if he could help the bird. With the required permissions obtained the owl was sent for flying lessons. Gavin had a very large pen made for the bird and encouraged it to try to take off from perches at different heights and positions. Various foods were offered to it and the bird would be at one side of the pen and the food at the other. Over a period of 7 months the owl gained confidence and was finally persuaded to take off.
On Saturday May 3, 2014 the doors of the pen were kept open and food was left both inside and outside the pen. This was in the darkness of night. He came out and took some tentative steps and then flew to the top of his pen and then to a structure nearby. The next day he could be heard in some trees near his old home. For the sake of the owl he must be encouraged to fend for himself. There is a river nearby and a small forested area, so we hope he will be able to find enough food.
Having spent so much time with the bird, Gavin is a bit sad that he is unlikely to be interacting with the owl again. At the same time he is happy that he has been able to help the owl return to jungle life.
BSPCA is grateful to everyone who has helped in the project particularly Dr Percy Avary and Gavin D’Souza.
Shera lying prostrate in a ward at the Bombay SPCA hospital.
An abandoned injured horse was found lying helpless near Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, in Andheri(W) on May 20. The horse was unable to get up. When animal lover, Ganesh Nayak, of NGO Animals Matter To Me, came to the site he was told that the horse had been lying there since early morning. He called the horse Shera. PETA and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Jaywant Welling, organlsed a crane and a tempo to transport the horse to the Bombay SPCA. The horse has a serious spinal injury, caused possibly by an accident or fall. The owner should be prosecuted for abandoning the animal.
The Eurasian Eagle Owl that was unable to fly and is being rehabilitated by experienced raptor handler, Gavin Desouza, is doing well. It is a large bird and requires an adequately large space in which to attemp flying.
The flight pen is being completed and he will be encouraged to attempt flying soon. In the flight pen he is safe from other predetors. He has already started hunting on this own and catching mice and rats. The live food supply is limited and Gavin keeps some fresh chopped meat available, in case the bird gets hungry.
Currently two baby monkeys are being given tender loving care by an animal loving, commitee member. Soon they will be sent to Pune, for survival traning in the wild. Currently they are keen on examining all pockets and bags, looking for things to eat or play with.
Fickle –minded owners are abandoning pedigree pets!
BSPCA wants owners to commit to continued carefor their pets
Less than a month ago an abandoned Great Dane was rescued by the BSPCA. It was in a starved and dehydrated condition and could hardly move its’ head. Now the dog has put on some weight and greets two legged friends by jumping on them and putting its’ forelegs on their shoulders. a welcome not always appreciated.
The St. Bernard was found in the first week of November in the Lalbaugh area. It was in a distressed state and had two large maggot wounds one on its neck and another under its tail.
The dog is about two years old and was admitted to the BSPCA’s surgical ICU unit which is air conditioned. St. Bernards are used to cold climates and were in fact kept by monks of the St.Bernard’s Hospice, in the Swiss Alps, to rescue travelers who fell, or got lost in the snow. They carried a small container of brandy to help revive those they rescued. It is sad to see the same breed of dogs just dumped on the city streets, left to find their own food and water.
This raises the issue of people adopting large dogs but not taking any measures for their wel-being. Owners have to accept that bought or adopted dogs, are family members, and larger dogs lead to larger responsibilities.
The St. Bernard has been adopted by Abhishek of Mazagaon who will have the maggot wounds taken care of by a private veterinarian.
The Great Dane has also been adopted. So perhaps his two legged greeting did the trick. Both dogs are good natured and affectionate. We hope they will be loved and well looked after. Thank you DNA for highlighting the problem of abandoned dogs, particularly large pedigree ones.Click here to see Article
Animal lovers reach out to save Olive Ridley Turtles
Olive Ridely turtles are hard to find along the west coast of India yet BSPCA rescued not one but two grievously injured turtles on June 18, 2013. Alert individuals, police officer Mr Adesh Mote and Mr Silesh Mehta spotted the turtles at Worli Seaface, Mumbai and went out of their way to ensure they were safely admitted in the hospital. One turtle had lost its fore flipper and the other had probably been entangled in a deep sea trawler net.
Bombay SPCA doesn't receive marine animals often but the hospital doctors took all the necessary steps to ensure speedy recovery of the marine turtles. With the help of specialist marine life volunteers an environment was made similar to their natural habitat. They were put in paddle pools that contained fresh water, a small quantity of sea water and the right mix of marine salt. The turtles adjusted very well to the new surroundings and started moving more freely and took more interest in food.
Finally the turtles were transferred to the Forest Department turtle sanctuary in Dahanu thanks to arrangements made by Honorary Wild Life Warden, Mayur Kamath. BSPCA would like to thank volunteers Vineet Gharat and Dr. Shiwani Tandel for their support in this rescue operation.
Let’s commit to our pets!Click here to see Article
BSPCA has taken charge of this Great Dane that was abandoned at its premises. His previous owners starved him till he was only skin and bones, now even lifting his head requires a lot of effort. This raises the issue of people adopting large dogs but not taking any measures for their well-being. Owners have to learn to accept the dogs as a family member. Larger dogs lead to larger responsibilities.
Rescued rare himalayan vulture responds to treatment
Currently the BSPCA is looking after a young Himalayan Griffon Vulture. The bird was rescued by Forest Guard, Nilesh Chandokar, who found it in the Phansad Sanctuary in Raigad District. It was dehydrated and in a “near to death” condition. It was rushed to Mumbai and the care of Mumbai Veterinary College doctors.at the BSPCA hospital. Immediate action was taken to rehydrate it and take care of other problems. This was in the last week ;of January.
The condition of the vulture, is steadily improving. Dr. Percy Avari, Assistant Professor , of the Poultry Department and his assistant Dr. Ankeeta, supervise his food, general care and all medication. It is hoped that it will, in due course, be able to fend for itself in the wild. Vultures do not kill for food but feed off of dead creatures that die naturally or have been killed. The hospital patient is a juvenile and is fed on chickens, which are carefully selected, to ensure that the young bird. Is not exposed to any harmful bacteria.
What is a Himalayan bird doing in Raigad? Himalayan birds do migrate to escape the harsh winters but this one could have just come too far south and found it was not able to access suitable food and water. Climate change may also have had something to do with it. Fortunately he was seen and rescued just in time. The vultures seen in India are usually the Red-headed ones.
Everyone is keen that the vulture should survive and the Conservator of Forests, Thane, Mr. A.J. Kamble thinks it should be released where it was found, in the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary. The problem will be to ensure that it gets enough food and water.
We are happy to report that the Himalayan Griffon was released on Thursday, 1st May in the sanctuary in which he was found. He has been ringed so will be easy to identify. He was transported in a special wooden crate and travelled by car with a familiar human, his doctor. On being released he flew off to the top of a tree. The area has vultures and it is hoped he will mix with them and survive.
Sixty New Residents
Sixty healthy, large birds, with good appetites, suddenly became guests of the BSPCA.
Three cane baskets, one containing 20 geese, the second 20 large ducks and the third twenty Guinea Fowl, were being transported in the city. They were spotted by bird lovers. A senior Police Inspector was requested to take action. He had them confiscated as they were travelling in very crowded and cramped conditions. The owner was charge sheeted. The court had the birds placed in the care of the Bombay SPCA, till such time as the case on the matter was heard.
At the hospital the birds were released from the baskets and confined to an area that had water and grass and from which they were unlikely to escape. Their constant need for green food kept the kitchen department busy. What had been a green lawn was soon reduced to a brown one.
During their stay there was a sudden cold spell and special curtains were procured to protect the birds from the cold wind.
The case was heard recently and the birds have now been sent to a sanctuary selected by the bird lovers, who had first noticed their plight.
BSPCA Inspectors rescued Star Tortoises and
Parakeets during a raid in Crawford Market
on 22nd September 2012. These are protected wildlife and it is an offence to keep or sell Star Tortoises. These are often kept in terrible crowded conditions, sometimes all stuffed together in shopping bags. Many die.
Calf with both hind legs fractured
Maggot wound cases and traffic accidents appear to multiply during the rainy season.The cattle ward soon fills up with desperate cases of stray cows or bullocks with broken limbs or backs. Currently six head of cattle lie prostrate in the ward, including a calf with both hind legs fractured, most of them injured in traffic accidents.
Maggot wounds, if discovered and treated early, need not be life threatening but if neglected can grow quickly and take weeks to heal. The canine wards soon fill up with maggot wound cases and the less serious cases have to be accommodated along covered verandas. The cat ward too gets rather full. The BSPCA policy is never to refuse help for a sick or injured animal and the staff do their best to provide all the assistance they can.
Young donkey, rescued from highway, is now at
the BSPCA hospital.He appears to be fit and well.
On his way home on a rainy evening in September, Jaideep Kanoria spotted a young donkey perched on the central section of the highway, near Borivli. It was very wet and looked scared.
Realizing that the animal was unable to reach the safety of either side of the highway he decided to try to help it and started to call every possible concerned organisation starting with the Police. Nobody showed any concern or willingness to help. True, it was late in the evening and raining. Finally he was lucky enough to contact Sailesh Mehta, an animal lover. He in turn organised for an ambulance to pick up the animal and take it to the BSPCA hospital in Parel.
The young donkey was rubbed down, fed and watered and appears to be fine. Thank you Sailesh Mehta and Jaideep Kanoria.
Is this where your milk comes from?
BSPCA Inspectors raided this open air dairy in the Khar pipe line area this month, on June 6. There appears to be no provision for food or water.for the animals. There were five cows and three calves all tied on short ropes.The owner, Mr. U.K. Yadav was taken to the Nirmal Nagar Police Station and charge sheeted vide LAC No.676/2012 under PCA Act 1960. He was caught in the act of milking a cow.. He has broken all the laws covering the care of animals used for milking and keeping cattle in the city
Better conditions for chickens
The BSPCA Inspectors are always on the lookout for shops selling live fowl. They make it a point to check and see how the birds are being treated.On June 16 BSPCA Field staff charge sheeted workers mishandling chickens in the MRA Marg.area and registered the case the local Police Station. The culprits had been holding several birds together, upside down, for a long period of time.
Calf from Lonavla was hardly a week old
when a scooter hit it
This calf from Lonavla was hardly a week old when a scooter hit it. An animal lover arranged for it to be sent to the Bombay SPCA hospital at Parel. Unfortunately the accident caused an injury making it necessary for the lower section of the leg to be amputated.
A prosthesis has been designed to enable the calf to walk. This takes some time to get used to and means regular adjustments for it to fit properly. It ls felt that as the calf comes from a small built, local hill breed, it will not grow very much, and adjustments may soon not be necessary.
Donkey foal recovering from a fractured leg
Donkey foal recovering from a fractured leg. After several weeks in a plaster cast it can now stand on four legs, but is yet to gain strength.
BSPCA field force raid Crawford Market pet shops
Inspectors of the Bombay SPCA Field Staff raided pet shops in Crawford Market in April. They found these young parakeets jammed into a box and a bag in which they could easily have suffocated. The shop owner was charge sheeted at the Mata Ambai Police Station by the Inspectors.
These turtles were loaded one on top of the other in the carry bag. This brutal way of carrying and handling the poor creatures deserves punishment. Bombay SPCA Inspectors discovered the turtles during a surprise raid at Crawford Market. The owner was charge sheeted for the illegal sale of these animals and for the way they were kept.
Cruelty to chickens
Rafique T. Quereshi was charge sheeted for handling chickens in a cruel way. The Bombay SPCA has an on-going campaign to change the way in which chickens are handled in local shops.
Bullocks in a poor condition
Mr. Raj Narayan, a bullock cart owner, with his bullocks. He was recently charged sheeted for using his bullocks when they were in a poor condition, with soars on their necks, at Wadala Police Station.
Cruelty to chickens
Mr. Juman Mansingh was treating his chickens in a needlessly cruel way. The method of handling was unacceptable.He was charged with cruelty to chickens at the Kalachkowkie Police Station.
Cows were being kept without shelter
These cows were being kept without shelter or arrangements for food and water. The owner Mr. Anil Prasad Ram Yadav is seen milking one of the cows in a most unhygienic place. He was charged at the Shivaji Nagar Police Station.