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Chennai: Animal activists launch rescue ops, set up helplines | Chennai News

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As the town continued to expertise heavy rainfall on Monday, animal welfare activists had been busy conducting rescues, rescuing stranded animals and setting up helplines.
Arun Prasanna, founder, People for Cattle in India (PFCI) says volunteers had been busy since Sunday. “On Monday, we rescued three dogs abandoned in Kovilambakkam. They had been tied to a portable generator on the road,” he says, including that the pets had been later returned to the proprietor. “Haunted by memories of the 2015 floods, people are panicking and moving to safer locations, leaving their pets behind. In West Mambalam, someone abandoned their dog on the street and someone alerted us so we were able to rescue it.”
Dawn Williams, normal supervisor, Blue Cross of India, says their helpline has been continually buzzing. “On Sunday, we went by boat to Korattur to rescue a dog from an old building that had partially collapsed. And on Monday we rescued a cow in Madipakkam that had been stranded on a small patch of ground surrounded by water,” he says.
Animal welfare activist Dinesh Baba has been getting calls about deserted new child puppies. “Many puppies have been abandoned on the road and near garbage dumps and people call us for help,” he says.
Activists are additionally holding vets, volunteers, boats and provides prepared in case the scenario worsens. “If it rains for the next couple of days, then several areas in south and north Chennai will get badly affected. So we have kept rescue kits and a boat ready,” says Dinesh.
In the meantime, activists are interesting to individuals to take their animals together with them, and if that’s not doable, at the very least depart them unchained in order that they will transfer to increased grounds.
“You can call helplines or let animals take shelter in your compound and give them a safe dry spot and some food,” says Arun, including that they’ve already despatched meals baggage, bread and steel cots to a few animal shelters. “We are also trying to source metal cots. Since the floors are usually damp or damaged by water, dogs can sleep on the cots.”
With shelters operating full, they want rice, used newspapers, gunny baggage and so forth for the rescued animals. “We are looking for cattle feed, dog food, old bedsheets, used newspapers, and gunny bags for the animals,” says Dawn.