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The place is called an SPCA shelter.

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Having stopped funding to the SPCA, Chandigarh (India), late last year in the wake of allegations of cruelty and misappropriation of funds, Chandigarh administration formed its own Society for Welfare of Animals in March, but later urged the SPCA for a merger.

What followed were talks, and things being put off. As doctors had not been receiving salaries, they left. So did workers for want of pay. Animal rescue ambulance was discontinued.

Some workers chose to stay on. How whole-heartedly or half-heartedly they worked without salaries, is anybody's guess.

The society president claimed that funds were being raised and that 12 executive members had decided to contribute Rs 1 lakh each. But these turned out to be misleading statements aired in the media.

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Many unfortunate deaths later, as the administration got entry into the shelter on June 4, a number of the remaining workers were expelled. They include those who told outsiders the truth of medical attention not being available at the shelter. In keeping with an earlier practice, cattle have been transported to an over-crowded cowshed elsewhere. Many have been reported missing too.

Intimidation of volunteers has continued as deployment of dedicated doctors continues to elude the shelter. Volunteers have noticed deaths of animals and birds owing to lack of adequate medical attention and care even after the takeover.

On July 8, Chandigarh administration made a series of announcements including that for a rescue unit whose men would soon be available round the clock, but things have not got going. Workers, including those expelled, are yet to receive their pending salaries. (It's been nine months now.)

At an animal birth control centre close by, emphasis is on rushing through with surgeries to "meet targets".Take action: Sign the petitionAnimal welfare activists, residents and Animal Welfare Board of India members have visited the centre set up by the Municipal Corporation and underlined concerns. Instead of willingly setting things right, the Municipal Corporation decided to write to the welfare board, asking it as to under what authority it was sending its members there.Dogs have been released back prematurely - even displaced from areas where they were picked up. There have been deaths of canines owing to inadequate post-surgical care.Residents have pointed out that during the rainy season, the infection risk increases and thus, sterilisation surgeries are not advisable at this time. In fact, elsewhere, such programmes have been halted at this time. But unmindful of these concerns, the programme hurries along in Chandigarh. Take action: Sign the petition At an animal birth control centre close by, emphasis is on rushing through with surgeries to "meet targets".

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Animal welfare activists, residents and Animal Welfare Board of India members have visited the centre set up by the Municipal Corporation and underlined concerns. Instead of willingly setting things right, the Municipal Corporation decided to write to the welfare board, asking it as to under what authority it was sending its members there.

Dogs have been released back prematurely - even displaced from areas where they were picked up. There have been deaths of canines owing to inadequate post-surgical care.

Residents have pointed out that during the rainy season, the infection risk increases and thus, sterilisation surgeries are not advisable at this time. In fact, elsewhere, such programmes have been halted at this time. But unmindful of these concerns, the programme hurries along in Chandigarh. Take action: Sign the petition