First-ever sanctuary set up for stray dogs in Peshawar

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PESHAWAR: Bela, a black and white colored stray puppy, was in miserable condition due to leg fracture, caused by usual practice of stone pelting on street dogs by naughty children.
The little mutt who faced starvation and was in dire need of care for getting proper food besides medical treatment, finally got a shelter at a sanctuary established by an animal lover in Peshawar for street dogs.
Zeba Masood, a Pakistan origin US national, has established Lucky Animal Protection Shelter – first ever facility providing refuge to pooches in Khyber Pakthunkhwa.
“I have set up the sanctuary for providing protection and shelter to maltreated, beaten and starved stray dogs” Zeba told APP.
“It makes me sick and breaks my heart to see all these stray dogs, cats, puppies and kittens on road in pathetic conditions,” said Zeba who resides now a days is in Peshawar for care of her ailing mother.
“The objective behind establishing this facility is to provide shelter to mistreated stray dogs mostly seem roaming around butcher’s shops or dump of garbage in search of food.”
“I wanted to do something for these animals who are in need of attention and help from human beings, she remarked while feeding dogs at her sanctuary set up at canal road near University Town in the outskirts of Peshawar.
These unattended stray dogs also pose serious health risks to human beings in form of dog bite which causes fatal disease, rabies.
She disclosed that at Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar, a leading hospital of KP, about 30 patients of dog bite arrive on daily basis. Non-availability of anti-rabies vaccines is also another issue of serious concern, she added.
While the data compiled by District Health Information System (DHIS) reveals that about 58252 cases of dog bites are reported in the year 2016 across Khyber Pakthunkhwa.
“There is no attention towards this problem of dog bite which is causing fatal rabies mostly to children,” remarked Dr. Qudratullah, veterinary doctor who also takes care of dogs getting shelter at Lucky Animal Protection Shelter.
There are hundreds of thousands of dogs roaming in streets posing health danger to people, but concerned authorities are not giving due consideration to this problem, Dr. Qudratullah told APP.
Poisoning stray dogs is not a solution to this problem and government should also set up shelter homes for these pooches, he suggested.
“We have vaccinated and neutered all the 35 dogs kept in the sanctuary to make them harmless,” says Javed Khan, husband of Zeba Masood.
Javed, who also supports his wife in animal protection, says he plans to make proper kennel at the site of enclosure to separate puppies from dogs.
The daily expense of feeding these dogs is around Rs. 1500 to 2000, Javed explains. He said they have also kept a servant on monthly salary of Rs. 15000 for taking care of dogs besides hiring services of a veterinary doctor who vaccinates the animals and also perform surgery for healing of injuries and broken bones.
In order to get other peoples involve in this cause of dog protection and for raising funds online, Javed and Zeba have also developed a page on facebook in the name of ‘Save the animals in Peshawar.’ …APP

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