Help for dog Jerry in India
FOUR PAWS veterinary team treat stray dogs in Chennai
This year once again we are supporting our Indian partner organisation, Blue Cross of India, which runs a clinic for animals in distress in the major city of Chennai. Since the end of February, an experienced veterinary team from the FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care programme has been treating, vaccinating and operating on stray dogs in Chennai. FOUR PAWS staff are also training local vets on how to deal with the rabies virus, which is transferred by dogs, and is widespread in India.
India has more strays than any other country, with an estimated 25 million dogs roaming the streets
These dogs survive by feeding on refuse, and many are either injured or diseased. When we’re in Chennai, we usually treat all species of strays, including cats, goats and cows. But this time we have so many dogs suffering here that we have to concentrate just on them. We are seeing around 50 dogs a day that are in urgent need of veterinary treatment. Many have mange, wounds from bites, cancer, or they’ve been injured in a road accident.
One such road accident happened right in front of the vets, as the veterinary team were on their way to the clinic. The street was full of cars and motorcycles. On one of the motorcycles in front of them was a man who had a young dog in his arms. At one point he dropped the dog, which fell from his arms onto the road. He was rolled over and was hit by a motorcycle. He was lucky because our team was right behind him. The vets took the badly injured dog to the clinic and treated him immediately. They named the dog Jerry. Jerry had brain damage and couldn’t stand up or eat by himself. We were very concerned for his recovery; we treated him with minerals, amino acids, vitamins and medicine to support his brain activity. The team’s quick work ensured that Jerry survived. He is still in our clinic to recover from this horrible accident.
FOUR PAWS vets have already been able to help hundreds of dogs on this visit to Chennai. They will stay in Chennai until the end of March and their next visit to India will be in May 2016.
FOUR PAWS’ cooperation with Blue Cross of India began in 2009, and since then the International Stray Animal Care team has been travelling to Chennai twice a year. They were last there in December 2015 on a special mission, after heavy rainfall caused flooding in the city and impacted thousands of animals.