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Victorias to be off Mumbai Streets in a year

Victorias to be off Mumbai Streets in a year

Over the years the animal hospital has seen many injured Victoria horses. Some recovered but others were too badly injured. Now that their working days are numbered, many of us realise how much we will miss them.

Not all the owners or drivers were cruel or thoughtless. We recently had a lovely large white horse that had slipped and had a leg injury near the knee. It was a skin and flesh wound.

The horse was friendly and accepted titbits from the hand. The owner came daily and the horse was obviously glad to see him.

Keeping a horse is an expensive business and not many can provide a clean and dry stable. Driving an auto and sitting behind a horse in a Victoria must be quite a different experience.

The State Govt. is to help rehabilitate the owners and their families. Not an easy task. But it will be better for drivers and the horses as Mumbai traffic is increasing daily and driving standards are deteriorating in equal proportions.

We are including a news clip on the subject from the, DNA of 09.06.2015, which has a glorious photo of a Victoria and horse..


Farewell to two faithful residents

Sheru, a stray dog who took a terrorist’s bullets at CST during the 26/11 attack, died of a cardiac arrest at the BSPCA hospital in December. Sheru’s regular Ward Boy, Sandip Chavan, was in tears at the cremation, as were many other old friends.

Another departure was that of Tiger, a Labrador sniffer dog which had been at the hospital for some time. Tiger lost his sight while working and both he and his handler Gautumn retired from security work. Gautumn took up another job in order to look after his family and also to provide extra care for Tiger. He would come to the hospital every day, early in the morning, to walk Tiger, brush him and feed him a diet of nourishing eggs and chapathis. Tiger died at 14 and had been unwell for some time.

Herpetologist Rohan Irani writes about Nag Panchmi in 2014

Herpetologist Rohan Irani writes about Nag Panchmi in 2014

Thank you for the opportunity of letting me experience Nag Panchami, in Mumbai, with the BSPCA Inspectors on the go. Snakes are traditionally worshipped at temples. People worship by praying and offering milk. Snakes are often caught and snake charmers defang them or stitch their mouths in the most cruel of ways just to make money.

Luckily this practice is on the decline, thanks to the effort and hard work of the BSPCA Inspectors and rescuers.

We started off on Friday, August 1st at about 7:30 a.m. I had my camera and equipment ready.

It was quite exciting for me. The last time I did rounds was several years ago. I was in the front seat with Inspector Jadhav, who recalled having snakes thrown at him by snake charmers!

We started with the local temples around Parel and I was astonished to see not a single charmer despite visiting every temple in the area. This was a welcome change from my experience of just four years ago when there were two to three charmers at every temple. Snake charming was a lucrative business and charmers were a common sight in Mumbai. In fact the first time I saw a snake was in the hand of a charmer. During Nag Panchmi raids, hundreds of snakes were rescued in matter of a few hours.

We checked all the way up to the Gateway of India, one of the favorite haunts of the snake charmers because of the tourists, but despite the exhaustive search, not a single one was found. We visited scores of temples all over Mumbai with the same result. This was very impressive.

The hard work of the Inspectors and rescuers has been a resounding success. I could hardly believe it. In just a few years, such a huge difference! The Inspectors showed me places where at one time they had caught as many 70-80 charmers in one go and now if you do see a basket it will contain a clay snake.

I went home happy knowing I had witnessed this huge change in my lifetime, thanks to the dedication and hard work of Inspectors and others who have made this possible.

Sniffer dog helps cops crack Rs. 15 Lakh theft case

Sniffer dog helps cops crack Rs. 15 Lakh theft case

Heena, a wonderful Police sniffer dog helped trap thieves who had broken into the office of a company on Mint Road, Fort, on July 4. She helped recover some Rs.12.5 lacs.

Victory for animal rights : Supreme Court bans bull fights and races

Victory for animal rights

In a major move towards protecting animals from cruelty, the Supreme Court banned Jallikuttu or bull fighting, a popular post-harvest event in Tamil Nadu and also bull racing, in Maharashtra, Punjab and other states, saying they violated provisions of the 50 year old Prevention of Cruelty Act. The apex court said that bulls cannot be used as performing animals as it involves causing them pain and termed the Tamil Nadu law allowing jalilkattu as illegal. The Animal Welfare Board of India declared that neither bull racing nor bull fighting has cultural, religious or historical significance. The animals have had to endure immense mental and physical torture.

Justices K. S. Radhakrishnan and P.C. Ghose said that “It is expected that Parliament will elevate the rights of animals to that of constitutional rights, as has been done by many other countries around the world”.

The Bombay SPCA hopes this will happen soon.

Birds of prey find safe haven in arms of this city engineer

Birds of prey find safe haven in arms of this city engineer

Hindustan Times Mumbai, Monday December 30, 2013

A big thank you from the BSPCA to all those who helped and are still helping in the rehabilitation of the rescued Eurasian Eagle Owl.



Flight pen is 8m x 4m x4m (30' x 15' x 15')
Saurabh Shukla of Phoenix Mecano
(Discounted price by 25%)

Chain link fencing
Charles Ferreira of Key Stone farms (Contributed 10k & arranged for the land, support and long term care of the bird)

Medical Assistance
Dr. Percy Avari, Dr. Rina Dev (kept the bird for a week to evaluate and improve the animal’s health)


Flight Pen Building Team
Alison Rose, Ativ Shah, Charles Ferreira, Edsel Miranda, Tracy Desouza Gavin Desouza, Charles Ferreira, Jason Desouza, Jeremy Ferreira, Ratan Lal, Sakaram, Staff of Key Stone Farms

Hospital staff for medical help, Assistant Sec. Mr. S.B. Kadam for getting required permissions. Coordinator - Diana Singh Roy

Quentin Desouza, Deborah Desouza, Joel Cardoso

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