Help poured in for the 115-120 horses after TOI reported on Sunday how the animals were left to fend for themselves by their owners at the onset of lockdown. They had been starving for over a week till an animal welfare organization and the local councillor came to their rescue. Now, even citizens have come to their aid.
“Since morning, I have received over 50 phone calls from citizens who offered to pay for the fodder for these horses. Help is welcome as feeding 120 horses daily basis is a challenging task and would not be possible for us to do on our own,” said Ajay Daga of People for Animals.
“When I came with a day’s food for the horses, I was shocked to see their condition. Some of them have got maggots and their ribs were visible. I did my bit and hope others will also come forward with whatever they can,” said Gaurav Seth, a donor. Daga and a group of volunteers attended to some of the sick horses and administered medication.
Kolkata Mounted Police, too, stepped up to help feed the horses. “We have had a word with the racecourse authorities and, along with them, will provide bags of wheat gram and straw for the horses. We will hand over the food to needy carriage owners,” said a senior officer of the mounted police.
Source: Times of India