TRICHY: Months after the new animal birth control (ABC) center was inaugurated at Konakkarai, a surprise inspection by animal caretakers from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has revealed that the facility’s maintenance has been substandard. The members stated that animal neutering procedures at the facility were not as per Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, as they found that the suturing material in stock had expired.
AWBI members said they had received multiple complaints about neutered stray dogs in Shanmuga Nagar and Vayalur road having their internal organs coming out due to improper suturing after surgery at the Konakkarai ABC. Three AWBI members inspected the ABC facility on Thursday during which they found that the suturing materials stocked at the center had expired.
“The facility is very sophisticated but maintenance and caring of stray dogs are bad. We believe at least two animals have died due to improper suturing during the sterilisation surgery,” said Sadesh Parameshwaran, an animal caretaker with AWBI who was part of the inspection team said.
Though the rules state that only traditional process has to be followed for suturing, AWBI members claimed that vessel sealing spay and neuter process was being followed.
Due to botched up suturing after sterilisation, AWBI members said that intestine of one of the neutered stray dogs had come out in one of the shelters in Konakkarai. AWBI members said that there are 56 dogs inside the cages and only five small bowls in the cage to feed them.
Denying the allegations, Trichy Corporation officials claimed that there is no chance of expired suturing materials used at the ABC center. “Issues at the Konakkarai ABC have been brought to our notice. We have convened a meeting next week to discuss and hear the suggestions of caretakers to improve the overall functioning of stray dog sterilisation drive,” said Dr. A Jaganathan, city health officer.
AWBI members said that they have forwarded their complaints to AWBI offices in New Delhi and Hyderabad to sort out the issues in Konakkarai ABC.
Built at an estimated cost of Rs 93 lakh, the ABC center in Konakkarai was opened in February. Trichy Corporation through a private trust recognised by the AWBI commenced the sterilisation drive with a veterinary doctor appointed by the Animal Husbandry department.