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Petition to Special Secretary Chairman, AWBI, Peta India

Justice For Freyja

On 23rd March 2017, my beautiful four year old Freyja fell ill with what initially seemed like a simple case of hairball obstruction. On 6th May 2017, Freyja finally passed away after seven weeks of abuse, torture and maltreatment by a fraudulent vet, Dr. Sourav Roy. The central focus is of this petition is to highlight the fact that Freyja was exploited as a commodity for monetary gains and was denied the basic right to proper treatment and care by her perpetrator(s). Chronology of Events: 23rd March 2017: Freyja was severely constipated and refused to eat any food. I called Dr. Roy for advice He believed it to be a simple hairball obstruction which should clear out on its own in a few days. He advised me to give her Rantac MPS Suspension 3 ml, Ondem Suspension 3 ml and Hepa Merz Syrup 1 ml daily along with Duphalac 5 ml every alternate day. 28th March 2017: Freyja’s symptoms had not improved and I took her to Dr. Roy for consultation.  Freyja had already lost about 500 grams of her body weight. He told me that it is most likely a GI infection and suggested a course of antibiotics. He also suggested a diet of chicken, potato and pumpkin along with Dextrose 5% saline water.  After completing the course of antibiotics, Freyja’s symptoms improved and she started eating on her own. 7th April 2017: Freyja began to vomit again and her vomit had a very foul-smelling odour. She refused to eat on her own and had to be force-fed.  Dr. Roy suggested another 5 days course of antibiotics along with homeopathic dewormers. Dr. Roy suggested that we get blood and stool test done after the full course of antibiotics. He still advised against an X Ray or USG despite obvious symptoms of GI obstruction. He suspected that Freyja either had Pyometra or Haemoprotozoan infection. He recommended Paw Path for her tests and gave me a contact person’s details. Freyja was passing hard stool until this point.  11th April 2017: Freyja was scheduled for her blood test. Dr. Roy’s paravet Sapan arrived on time but Paw Path had not sent anyone for collection. The contact person messaged me to say that he will only send the person after the blood has been drawn. I informed Dr. Roy about the episode, he blamed me for creating a fuss and claimed that blood samples can be refrigerated for a long time. I did not let Sapan draw the blood without proper viles from Paw Path. Freyja’s blood work got stalled for one more week due to Poila Baisakh holidays in between. 14th April 2017: I called Dr. Roy to discuss the fact that Freyja had still not passed stool. He told me that he will perform a “colon cleanse” on Monday to remove the obstructed faecal matter. He further advised to reschedule her blood test after the cleanse. 15th April 2017: Freyja passed a few nugget-sized hard stool. Her appetite improved a little bit. 17th April 2017: Dr. Roy gave Freyja 30 ml of Dextrose 5% saline along with Pan IV 2 ml, Graniset 2 ml and Decolic 2 ml injections. He performed his “colon cleanse” by pushing 60 ml of warm water with 2 ml of glycerol and lemon juice up her rectum. Freyja passed some very hard pellet-sized poop immediately after the cleanse. Dr. Roy said that she requires another cleanse which Sapan will perform on Wednesday. Over the course of the night, she seemed a bit weak and lethargic but regained her energy a little the next day. 19th April 2017: Freyja’s blood work was rescheduled for this day. Dr. Roy organised another paravet, Tukai, who worked as a sample collector for Paw Path along with Sapan for the blood collection. Freyja’s blood could not be drawn even after two attempts and the paravets informed me that her blood pressure is too low. Dr. Roy who advised Sapan to take another attempt but not perform the cleanse. He communicated the same to me. I refused to allow another attempt as Freyja was already traumatized. When I expressed my concern for Freyja’s health, Dr. Roy told me that I should have not delayed her blood work and that she cannot go through any blood work or USG for at least 7 days for “medical” reasons. 22nd April 2017: I called Dr. Roy to inform him that I was taking Freyja for an X Ray at Paw Path. I asked him to message me the type of the X Ray she needs. I reached Paw Path at 4PM for her X Ray. I asked the staff to send me a photo of the X Ray plate and report as per Dr. Roy’s instruction. They told me that they would give me the plate within an hour but the report will take about 2 days as her test was done post 4 pm. Plus, for the report I needed to leave the plate with them for the radiologist to examine. I was sent a photo of the plate via whatsapp 2 hours later. I sent that photo to Dr. Roy. After a few hours, he called me to inform me that Freyja has a very large piece of stool lodged between her small and large intestine. Freyja passed a small nugget-sized piece of very hard stool that day. He recommended that I give her glycerol 2 ml every day to “naturally” soften the stool and he would perform a few cleanses to dislodge the faecal matter. He also told me that the alternative to this was a surgery which Freyja was considerably weak to sustain. On 25th April at 9:50 AM I received a message from Paw Path stating that my report was ready for collection. The report states “gaseous and faecal matters” in the large intestine.  27th April 2017: Dr. Roy came home to perform another “cleanse”. My mother discussed Freyja’s scope for surgery. Dr. Roy scheduled a surgery for Saturday after his discussion with my mother. However, he also stated that it will be “high-risk” surgery. He insisted that we do perform a “mild cleanse” with 1 ml glycerine and 9 ml of warm water with lemon juice anyway. He asked Sapan to perform the cleanse and left. Sapan gave Freyja 0.5 ml of Polybion, 2 ml of Pan IV and 2 ml of Graniset injection along with 15ml of dextrose 5% saline before the cleanse. Freyja passed a few more pellet-sized faeces and started eating from late in the night. Later in the night, I messaged Dr. Roy to update him about Freyja and he mentioned that he wanted to discuss her surgery with me. When I called him, he said that he is not very comfortable taking the risk of surgery with Freyja as she has 80% chances of collapsing on the OT table. He suggested that we continue the enemas and reschedule the surgery for Tuesday, and hope for the best. 28th April 2017: Freyja regained her appetite and started eating small amount of fish every hour. By afternoon, her appetite had increased quite a bit and she was playing once again. She passed another large nugget-sized piece of hard stool. By evening, Freyja seemed happy and energetic. Hence, I called Dr. Roy to ask if we could stall the enema for a day. He firmly said no. Sapan arrived at 9 PM to perform another cleanse. This time he first performed the cleanse and then gave Freyja the saline and injections. Also, instead of Polybion 0.5 ml, he gave her Pepcid AC 1 ml injection. At 9:45 pm, Freyja vomited and looked very sick. Sapan stayed till 10 pm to check her heart rate and to see if she had any breathing troubles and then left. Freyja passed liquid stool through the night. I informed Dr. Roy and he assured me that it was a good sign. 29th April 2017: Freyja completely refused to eat anything. She looked very uncomfortable and generally sick. Dr. Roy informed me that he will come and check on her in the afternoon. Despite repeated phone calls, he turned up at 8:30 PM eventually. When he examined her, he said that she has 20% chances of survival even without the surgery. When we pointed out that she got this sick after the enema, he firmly defended Sapan and said that there can be numerous reasons for her feeling sick. He further claimed that Freyja might have “some kind of malignant tumour” and suggested that we do another X Ray or a USG. Freyja continued to worsen through the night and her body temperature had fallen.  30th April 2017: Dr. Roy called at 7:30 AM to enquire about Freyja. When I mentioned that it was the enema that made her this sick, he verbally abused me. He also spoke to my mother to express his “disappointment” and stated that it was my negligence that had ultimately led to Freyja’s deterioration. I took Freyja to Dr. Subir Bhattacharya at Paws and Claws, Kasba upon a friend’s recommendation. Upon examining the X Ray plate, Dr. Bhattacharya informed me that Freyja did not have any faecal impaction in the first place. She was severely dehydrated and in a moribund state due to maltreatment and needed immediate IV fluids. He administered IV fluids and told me to put her on a renal diet. He informed me that Dr. Roy is not a qualified practitioner and does not have any veterinary degrees. He is a fraud who has been posing as a vet for many years. He further informed me that Dr. Roy has a police case lodged against him at a local Police Station and has been given orders to stop his practice. I asked my previous flatmate from the University of Bristol to re-examine the X Ray plate. She is a PhD researcher at the School of Veterinary Sciences. She reconfirmed Dr. Bhattacharya’s claim. 1st May 2017: My mother phoned Dr. Roy to make him aware that we had found out that he is a fraud. He repeatedly denied that he had ever claimed to be a vet, even though, I have copies of his previous prescriptions with degrees printed on them. Moreover, during his time as our family vet, he mentioned several times that he studied at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey. He also strongly questioned the legitimacy of our information on the X Ray plate, claiming repeatedly, that her “report also indicated faecal matters”. 6th May 2017: Freyja finally succumbed to maltreatment after seven long weeks. We phoned Paw Path to inform them about Freyja and Dr. Roy.  We spoke to a staff at Paw Path, Abhishek Chatterjee, who told us that he will share the contact details of one of the owners as soon as possible. He called us back 2 minutes later and shared the phone number of Mr. Sumit Punjabi. We informed Mr. Punjabi about Freyja’s case.  This petition seeks: 1. Justice for Freyja on the grounds of animal cruelty and maltreatment. 2. An acknowledgment that Freyja was exploited for monetary gains and denied right to life. 3. More stringent animal welfare measures to restrain malpractice of veterinary medicine. 4. A thorough investigation of Freyja’s case. 5. A revision of the existing animal cruelty act.

Sohni Chakrabarti
1,362 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to BBMP, Animal Husbandry Minister, BBMP Commissioner, Health commissioner, Bangalore Development Minister, Minister for Environment & Forests, Chief Justice Karnataka

#ABC for #Bangalore - City urgently needs fast, efficient Animal Birth Control

WHO is  affected? Innocent children & please help beloved Bangalore be responsible & humane.   Bangalore's population is now 120 lacs, & dogs have increased to nearly 3 lacs - but shocking, that instead of doubling the ABC/sterilization Centers, we have inversely REDUCED from the mandatory 8 to  just 2 ABC Centers i.e CUPA, Koramangala  & Sarvodaya , Queens Road. This is gross dereliction on the part of the BBMP & Animal Husbandry Department whose primary city charter is ABC & ARV. The ABC (Animal Birth Control) centers are stretched to capacity and due to low ABC, dogs multiply & helpless puppies & female dogs bear the brunt of anger, abuse & torture . The Indian Constitution mandates kindness to animals and mandatory ABC for street/community dogs. This is reiterated & enforced by the Supreme Court. At some point, it is also the humans who may have to suffer due to rabies, bites etc., so why are we allowing this to happen? Public & Animal Lovers are forced to bring  street dogs for sterilization or do it at their own cost even though it is the BBMP Animal Husbandry Department's primary duty to ensure a robust & sustainable ABC program for the health of the city, residents and dogs. An unconcerned BBMP seems to be callously waiting for a situation of complete breakdown , after which perhaps they would push for a culling solution like Kerala criminally has - a shame on the golden state of Karnataka. While the whole ecosystem needs addressing, right now we understand that the centrally located , heritage Queens Veterinary Hospital where ABC NGO Sarvodaya is housed , is being demolished to make way apparently for a multistory , specialty Vet hospital (no details available). Where will Sarvodaya go then, and how will the ABC happen, where will the public bring or collect the dogs for sterilization. The lack of vision in demolition and relocation of Sarvodaya without a Plan B is a classic example of BBMP's rampant unconcern and disrespect for this serious issue in Bangalore, voiceless animals as well as to the public it serves. There are old heritage buildings which are being demolished and a tree mapping done last month shows 92 old trees of various heights and girth in the property , which should NOT be touched. Our demand as Bangalore citizens : Sarvodaya remains centrally located to cater to Bangalore dog population& is additionally strengthened with kennels & one more ambulance for pick up ABC Centers to go up to a minimum of 10 in Bangalore with catching and kennel facilities Two additional Shelters for rescue & care be put up Strong ABC experienced people like Dr Peeran et al  be brought in as Advisor to ensure that ABC numbers increase. More intern vets put on to ABC program Accountability for ABC numbers etc to be shared with public on a monthly basis Details of the Vet Hospital & facilities to be shared to the public & animal lovers Greater transparency on ABC , rescue and collaboration with public BBMP ensuring prompt payments and easing logistics to ABC NGOs Links SUCCESS RATE OF ABC PROGRAMME with Year & Operations 2013: 52,524, 2014: 30,410, 2015: 35,261, 2016: 952 Shocking ! It requires WILL, and Government & Citizen Intervention. Time is SHORT. PLEASE DO IT NOW. (Pic Credit : Grass Root Films/Wunderbar Films )  

The CJ Memorial Trust Bangalore
1,500 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Narendra Modi, Maneka Gandhi

Shelter for Dogs on streets

The dogs on street are part of society and our inherent civilization yet every day they suffer from the nuisance of crippling vehicles, stones throw by people, acid poured on them, beaten to death, shot at by guns in residential areas and being abandoned to fend for themselves. Its cruelty practiced every state, city, street and house. All they need is food and some secure boundaries so they can play within and can be protected from the busy roads and people.  I say this coz I hear read and see so may of these wonderful companions suffering for no reason at all but due to sheer negligence and lack of responsibility on our part as society. Merely 2 month pup crippled for her life with both hind legs not working coz someone ran over her. Merely 5 month old puppy shot at by pellet gun and crippled for life (both hind legs damaged) with deep wounds that are yet to close since last 8 months. Some Being tied on all fours and mouth tight shut with rope to be dumped at some other place carried away hanging on a danda coz they were blamed to have bitten someone in your society or coz they bark. I have personally been with so many dogs and never suffered at one's bite. Some cases do happen but only when they feel thretened just like you would react when you are scared.  Its just not normal with the no. Of accident cases and cruelty met to such innocent and voiceless souls. Please urge our state goverments to set up shelters for all street dogs in every district with best of veterinary facilities and awareness programmes for schools and societies (RWAs).   

Ananya Agrawal
1,955 supporters