Fresh lease of life for 128 cows in goshala

Fresh lease of life for 128 cows in goshala
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Neglected, starving cattle rescued from a ‘shelter’ belonging to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty towards Animals (SPCA) at Kakinada have been successfully rehabilitated at a goshala being run by the Annavaram Temple Devasthanam at Chandurti in Gollaprolu mandal.

Pithapuram: Neglected, starving cattle rescued from a ‘shelter’ belonging to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty towards Animals (SPCA) at Kakinada have been successfully rehabilitated at a goshala being run by the Annavaram Temple Devasthanam at Chandurti in Gollaprolu mandal.

In all, 128 cows have been brought to the cowshed, located nearby. Some of them had to be physically carried to the cowshed as most of the cows are just bags of bones.

The devasthanam is currently spending at least Rs 6 lakh a month to nurse the cattle at the cowshed. A transformer has been erected for the cowshed. There are ceiling fans, hay, cattle feed, drinking water vats and other amenities. Vets are monitoring their health, providing them with appropriate drugs. All of this is happening, thanks to District Collector Karthikeya Mishra.

It was Mishra who took a decision to rehabilitate the cows at the temple cowshed, after rescuing the cattle from the SPCA shelter. At the SPCA shelter, many carcasses were found in knee-deep slush and dung. Deaths of cattle from starvation were reported daily.

At the Chandurti shelter, four sheds were built on 1.8-acre site for the cows. The temple has earmarked 150 acres along the hill slopes for the cattle to feed. Since most of the cows are sick, they are presently being grazed in a 40-acre meadow donated to the temple by a charity.

The temple has deputed assistant executive officer Prasad, along with 10 members as support staff, to assist in the rehabilitation of the cows. When contacted, Prasad said that the cows were recovering fast. Some of them had started walking to the meadows.

He said they were somewhat healthy now. Thanks to the efforts in the goshala, donors are coming forward to provide green fodder. It won’t be long before the cattle recover completely.

By Saride Nageswara Rao

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