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Kerala (India) Man Faces Protests From Locals For Housing 40 Stray Dogs

Megha Varier: “We humans are capable of loving all the living creatures on this earth and the responsibility of taking care of animals lies on us. Just like humans, animals too, have emotions and experience pain. If we do not show compassion, who else will?” This is what 48-year-old Rajeev Krishnan, a native of Kannur district in Kerala, India says, as he begins to speak about the 40-odd stray dogs that he now takes care of. Rajeev’s ancestral home on 68 cents of land in the corporation limits, that bears visible signs of having housed many generations, has now become home to 40 stray dogs. While Rajeev rescued most of them from the road over the past ten years, some others just strayed into his compound and never left. But now, the 48-year-old who is into real estate, is waging a battle against people in his own neighbourhood to keep the stray dogs…

Calling it an illegal structure, the residents reportedly complained that the constant barks of stray dogs were causing a nuisance to them, especially at night… TK Sajeev, President of SPCA (Ernakulam) says that the Municipal Act states that any person who keeps more than 2 dogs at his/her house is required to get a license. But Rajeev’s is not a black and white case, Sajeev, who is also the honorary officer of AWBI says. “The same municipality is supposed to have the infrastructure to keep stray and injured animals. It is because of the lack of such facilities, that the onus of taking care of stray animals falls on people like Rajeev. In the absence of this, the district administration cannot ask Rajeev to close down,” Sajeev argues… “People’s hypocrisy has no bounds,” he rues. “The same people who complain of stray dog attacks cry foul when someone comes forward to take care of stray animals”.’ SOURCE…

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