Wildlife Trust of India’s Radhika Bhagat recently filed this report. –SW

Nearly 300 people are thought to have lost their lives from the floods in the city of Chennai in southern India. Flood waters have crippled industry, damaged infrastructure, and disrupted daily life.

The impact on animals has been severe, especially on stray cows as they have had no choice but to mill about in standing water (sometimes submerged up to their necks) for days. We found several stray calves who had collapsed due to diarrhea and dehydration from consuming contaminated water, as well as starving dogs.

Our local team in Chennai, People for Cattle India, is utilizing the boarding facility for rescued dogs and cats at a privately run state-of-the-art hospital called Heart to Heart. This ensures the best treatment possible for animals who have undergone much abuse and misery during and after the disaster. Post recovery efforts are being made to get as many stray animals adopted as possible.

Fodder, dog feed, biscuits, veterinary supplies have been stocked up as a lot of cases are being encountered on a daily basis.

So far over  100 cattle and 40 dogs have been fed in and around Chennai. Treatment has been provided to 33 goats , 51 cattle and their young ones , 10 dogs, 3 goats, 4 kittens and 1 hen. Four puppies and four kittens have been adopted already.

Since the roads are in such bad conditions, getting around is tough, and we are only able to cover relatively smaller areas.

–RB

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