Samia Malik in Express Tribune:
Mahera Omar and Maheen Zia want to establish a state-of-the-art emergency medical centre for animals. The puppy pictured was hit by a car in DHA, as a result of which its leg was injured. A PAWS volunteer picked the puppy up and brought it to the Karachi Animal Hospital, where it was treated by Dr Otho, who is holding the puppy in the picture.
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Report by Karachiwalla.com:
Who was Richmond Crawford? Who was Lady Nanette Constantine? What is PAWS? Well, all of them have one thing in common. They were/are fond of animals and represent different generations which carried the flag for our ‘agreeable friends’ in Karachi. Let’s talk about them one by one.
PAWS does not have a clinic or offer veterinary, rescue or boarding services at the moment.
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Faiza Ilyas in DAWN:
KARACHI, Sept 28: The city government kills 72,000 to 75,000 stray dogs a year but does not invest in promoting or facilitating methods to neuter animals, which is a sustainable and humane method of controlling the stray dog population and reducing the threat of rabies. Of the 16 government-run veterinary centres in the city, none currently offer services for the sterilisation of dogs. However, medical experts are of the view that the only effective long-term method of reducing the potentially fatal disease of rabies lies in controlling the dog population through vaccination and sterilisation.
Editorial in DAWN:
THERE is no point in suspending Lahore zoo’s gatekeeper for Monday’s incident in which two stray dogs got into a cage and killed 28 peacocks. It is unfair to expect a lone person to be responsible for watching over such a large area. The administration must bear the responsibility of this senseless tragedy instead of finding scapegoats.
Letter in DAWN:
APROPOS of H. A. Hajis reminiscences of Karachi (April 3) and his recollections of the Richmond Crawford Hospital, I too have very good memories of this great veterinary institution, a landmark of Karachi. Tremendous help was rendered to ailing animals, particularly pet dogs, by the chief superintendent, Dr Syed Wisaq-ul Hassan Rizvi.
Letter in DAWN:
Sunday’s column informs that Karachiâ€™s oldest government Richmond Crawford Veterinary Hospital on M.A. Jinnah Road is soon to disappear. The service book of my grandfather, Khan Bahadur Dr S.G. Haji, has entries that he was “veterinary officer” at this hospital from May 4, 1892 to May 15, 1912. He retired as deputy superintendent, Veterinary Department of Sinds, Balochistan and Rajputana on Aug 3, 1922 and died in London on Dec 7, 1924. The service book of my father, Dr C.S.G. Haji, has entries that he was “Acting In charge” in this hospital on May 14, 1912 and “veterinary surgeon” on Feb 1, 1924 when he was promoted as “veterinary inspector”.
Cowasjee in DAWN:
Last week I touched on the subject of the impending destruction of what remains of Jehangir Park (Behram Bagh) in Karachi’s Saddar area and of the closure of the city’s only animal hospital, the Richmond Crawford on M A Jinnah Road. We have good news on both fronts. Our city government marauders have shelved them. However, we must remain alert. As they say in Bushland, ‘eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.’ Our hydra-headed monster may well arise once again, mobilized as it is by ignorance.
Cowasjee in DAWN:
The founders and makers of both India and Pakistan recognized animals as being God’s creations and they cared for them. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi famously said that the level of a country’s civilization can be gauged by the way its animals are treated. Mohammad Ali Jinnah loved, kept and cared for his dogs.
In the sanctum sanctorum of General Musharraf hangs a photograph of the real Jinnah, on the lawns of his Hampstead home, kneeling with his Doberman and his West Highland Terrier. Musharraf himself was famously photographed, soon after the country was handed to him, in the company of his dogs. And the finest photograph we now have of him was taken on his visit to China last month when he met and held a Panda.
One of the few sanctuaries that care for Karachi’s animals is now at great risk. The only government hospital for animals, aptly named after able and caring commissioner Richmond Crawford, is scheduled to be closed down by the city government so that it can allow yet another hideous temple to consumerism to be raised in its place. What sort of government have we voted in? I suppose, we can only say – exactly what we deserve. But there must be someone, or some people, who can raise their voices against this outrage to civilization.
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