A national strike in India, which led to an increased police presence in public places and widespread closure of schools and businesses, didn’t stop one of our vets in Ahmedabad going out to the aid of a badly injured donkey.
Dr Saroja Kumar was confronted by a mob of protesters during her ‘mercy mission’ to put the donkey out of its misery, but they let her pass when she explained the urgency of her journey.
The one-day strike, known as Bharat Bandh, recently took place in protest against the Government’s recent increase in fuel prices, affecting petrol, diesel and LPG cooking gas. It was on this day that the Ahmedabad office of The Donkey Sanctuary India received a report from another local animal welfare group, People For Animals, of a badly-injured donkey lying by the side of a main road. It had been hurt in an accident and was now being attacked by dogs.
“Even though we were aware of the strike, after hearing about the suffering the donkey was going through we decided we should definitely go and help the donkey,” said the project leader of the Donkey Sanctuary India in Ahmedabad, Dr Ramesh Kumar.
“Dr Saroja went out with our dresser Udmi and driver Ashwar. They managed to locate the donkey which was lying on the roadside. It had a broken limb and bite marks caused by the dogs. Since the donkey was in agony, Saroja decided to euthanase it, and loaded the donkey into the ambulance to bring it back to our base.
“As she was returning, a mob of around 50 youths stopped her. She had to show them the donkey in the back of the ambulance, and managed to convince the people to let the vehicle go.
“She was a bit shaken, but felt happy she could relieve the suffering of the donkey. She said the donkey would have had a painful and miserable death if we had not gone.”