| THANE SPCA Annual
Thane SPCA started on the 9th of August 2002. The
first seven months we were busy in streamlining
paperwork, getting members and volunteers together,
networking around this huge district and most importantly
arranging for some funds. Help came in the guise
of a donation from the Viniyog Parivar Trust at
the end of the last financial year. With that backing,
our current year has seen a lot of awareness and
From the very first day, TSPCA has been working
very closely with the PCA Committee, realizing that
it would be easier to expedite regulations in the
vast district via the District Administration rather
than handling it themselves. Accordingly, TSPCA
has been persuading the PCA Committee to have meetings
at regular intervals and its President has represented
the Society in each meeting. Singlehandedly, with
the backing and consultation of its Managing Committee
members, the Society’s President has induced the
PCA Committee to pass several important resolutions,
hitherto considered to be a very difficult task
in any Municipality.
1. The subject of “stray dog menace” was the most
sensitive issue at the PCA meetings. The District
Collector himself was not kindly taken to the problem.
While the majority of the PCA Committee was for
mercy killing or re-location of all stray dogs,
without having current knowledge on the subject,
TSPCA made it a point to tackle the issue from both
the “human” and “humane” point of view and put its
suggestions across. By the end of the very first
PCA meeting, the PCA passed a resolution under the
directive of the DC that has ordered all Municipalities
and Municipal Councils to start stray dog sterilization
process as soon as possible.
2. TSPCA strongly put up the issue of illegal transportation
of cattle for slaughter. The DC was told that discontent
was brewing amongst people in certain sectors of
the district, and if cattle were to continue to
be illegally transported, riots might break out.
Also the issue of stray cattle on the roads as well
as illegal slaughterhouses were discussed.
3. Accordingly, resolutions were passed that the
RTO and the Police dept. were to be extra vigilant
at entry points into the city, especially during
festival times, that each Municipality were to build
its own authorized slaughterhouse with due grants
from the central govt. and that in the meantime,
all illegal and unregistered slaughterhouses should
be phased out.
4. To tackle the problem of stray cattle, each Municipality
was told to impound all stray cattle, pigs and horses,
fine their owners severely, and house the ownerless
animals in their own “Kondwadas”
5. TSPCA had tough fight with circuses which were
exhibiting banned animals in the city. In the year
2000, 14 lions and tigers had to be rescued and
sent off to a sanctuary. In 2002, TSPCA was unable
to rescue a blind hippo from a circus because of
lack of communication with the district administration.
To put an end to this farce, TSPCA suggested that
the Municipal Corporations and the Police should
not allot permission to circuses in the district
which would be carrying banned animals, and which
did not fulfill the terms and conditions of the
Performing Animals Registration Rules if they had
other animals in possession. The DC accepted the
suggestion and it was unanimously passed.
6. All Municipalities were asked to start their
own Animal Husbandry Dept. and start implementing
the abovesaid Resolutions.
Within a short period of time, 3 major Municipal
Corporations started working on the ABC programme.
Thane Municipal Corporation, which had been dilly-dallying
regarding the ABC programme since the last 7-8 years,
had to start their programme due to the pressure
created by the Thane SPCA. However, the Thane Mun.
Corpn. tried to implement the Laproscopic method
of birth control which is not allowed by the AWBI.
Shakuntala Majumdar had to bring a stay order and
had them to revert back to the original spay-neuter
method since the Chief Veterinary Officer was reluctant
to do so.
Other Municipal corporations are in the process
of getting their budgets passed in their respective
AGMs for the programme. The Dy. Municipal Commissioner
of Mira Bhayander Corpn. Dr. Panpatte has done some
astounding work in bringing strict regulations on
stray cattle and their owners. In the process he
has collected a large amount of revenue for his
Corporation and cleared the streets of stray cattle.
He also has singlehandedly spruced up the dilapidated
veterinary clinic at Uttan and converted it into
a spay neuter center. It is due to start by June.
TSPCA wishes that the other corporations will follow
During this year, 15 parrots were impounded from
2 bird sellers. Both lots were checked by veterinary
officer at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and released
at the Parrot Point.
With the help of another organization, a total of
43 snakes and reptiles were seized from Kalyan Dombivili.
These included 8 cobras, 4 turtles, 2 common kukris,2
lizards, 2 sand boas,2 common kraits, 1 wolf snake,
3 Russels Vipers, 2 tree snakes , 1 cat snake, 1
banded racer, 2 checkered keelbacks, 1 striped keelback,
1 baby striped keelback,9 rat snakes and 2 pythons.
They were all checked by the Chief Veterinary Officer
of and released at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Every day, TSPCA receives innumerable complaints
regarding animal cruelty. It is a policy with us
to first sentitise the perpetrators with the laws
since in most cases the crimes are perpetrated because
of a lack of exposure to animal welfare in general.
Mostly, kind words open peoples eyes to the issue
and the matters do not have to be taken to the higher
authorities. However, in many cases, complaints
have to be lodged with the police. 9 such cases
in the form of FIRs were lodged with the police
in different areas. 4 cases are still pending. Because
of the lack of personnel to follow up on the cases,
the cases are getting delayed.
Thousands of homeless and abandoned animals roam
the roads of Thane every day. They fend for themselves
by eating out of garbage dumps, take shelter under
trees or on roads and more often than not die miserable
deaths after being run over by speeding vehicles,
by being stoned or beaten or by eating plastics
and glass pieces from the garbage. TSPCA lacks an
ambulance service. Neither does it have its own
hospital or medical center where the animals can
be treated. Our Veterinary Doctor has to attend
the calls all over Thane sometimes traveling on
his scooter, sometimes by ST bus, sometimes by auto
rickshaws. He is paid a paltry sum of Rs. 500/-
per month, mainly as an appreciation of the work
he is been doing. Most of the expenses are borne
by him silently. Many a time, it takes him so long
to travel from one corner of Thane to the other,
that the animals breathe their last by the time
he arrives on the spot. We have lost many animals
in this way. Even so, in the current financial year,
he has treated an amazing number of animals – 274
dogs, 52 donkeys, 115 cows, 22 cats and 77 birds.
All these animals were treated in different areas
of Thane. Apart from these animals, a large no of
animals were also treated by local veterinarians
where it was not possible for our Vet to reach.
59 animals were treated in Mira Road – Bhayander
area and 22 more in Navi Mumbai, 9 in Vasai and
Nalasopara. Special mention should be of the District
Animal Husbandry Dept doctor of Mira Bhayander ,
Dr. Deshmukh who was always available to treat the
hardest of large animal cases at the oddest of times
. He has never accepted a single payment. We wonder
what we would do without the selfless services of
these unassuming doctors.
THANE SPCA RESCUE REPORT FOR YEAR 2003-2004
SPAY- NEUTER from IDA:-34
Vaginal Granuloma dogs: 8
Hit and Run case:23
Dogs / Puppies treated on road:127
Abandoned pet rescued and rehomed: 3
Maggot wounded dogs:57
Distemper cases: 78
Total dogs Helped:- 330
Rescued and treated: 5
Medical cases: 17
Total Cats helped :- 22
Hit and Run:- 11
Hospitalised :- 2
Treated and / or vaccinated on Road: 47
Total donkeys helped: 58
Hit and run : 18
Treated and/or vaccinated on road:- 106
Total Cattle Helped: 124
Parrots Rescued: 15
Pigeons/ Crows Treated: 77
Total birds helped: 104
Monkey rescued and treated: 01
Total Monkey helped: 01
Total Animals Hospitalised at IDA and BSPCA:- 58
Grand Total of Animals helped by Thane SPCA during
F.Y 2003-2004: 639
for Protection of Cruelty to Animals Activity