Published On:November 14 2017
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Taloja industries to set up animal hospital

A few months after a stray dog turned blue because of chemicals released by an industrial unit in Taloja, the Taloja MIDC the Taloja Industries Association (TIA) has decided to start a hospital for stray animals.

The industries will also work to undertake environment-friendly initiatives and development programmes in the neighbouring villages.

TIA president Satish Shetty said, “It was an unfortunate incident when the stray dog turned blue. The industrial unit was criticised, and many even demanded that it be shifted. However, this is not practical. Thus, we have proposed an initiative called Shelter For Strays, and have even identified the location for the facility.”

In August, after a picture of the blue dog went viral on social media, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) had taken action against the firm that released untreated chemicals into the river. Activists had urged the MPCB to act against polluting industrial units, saying that the effluents posed a danger tohumans too.

Mr. Shetty said the animal hospital will be a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of the association, and will be developed by Myvets Charitable Trust & Research Centre. Funds of ₹80 lakh have been sanctioned for its development, Mr. Shetty said.

Madhurita Gupta, co-founder and president of Myvets, said the animal hospital, spread over 15,000 sq. ft., will have state-of-the-art facilities to treat animals and birds. It will have skilled veterinary surgeons assisted by knowledgeable and trained staff.

THE HINDU


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