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Sharmili Mallick

People tame horses and engage them in various activities to earn bread and butter. But once these animals turn old and stop making quick money, they are abandoned and left to die a painful death with hunger and disease by their remorseless owners.

One such incident came to the sight along the national highway at Chhatrapur in Ganjam district. Crippled by injuries on its limbs and age-related ailments, a sick and stray horse was spotted grazing on roadside bushes.

Locals who witnessed the animal and offered it food said that the owner of the horse might have abandoned it as it was suffering from age-related ailments.

“I was touched by witnessing the condition of the horse. I can assume how selfish the horse owner might have been as s/he dumped the animal after using it for years to earn livelihood,” said Alok Parida, an eyewitness who offered food and water to the wandering animal.

However after getting the information about the ailing horse, animal researcher Dilip Mishra with the help of the Ganjam district administration and some social organisations, shifted the animal to Urban Management Veterinary Centre at Janla in Khordha district. 

“When we reached the animal after receiving the information, it was unable to even walk. We somehow managed to transport the horse to the institute with utmost care. On examining, we found the horse had injuries on its limbs and mouth. We have started its treatment as per the advice of veterinary doctors. We will try our level best to save the animal,” said Mishra.

Last month, a camel suffering from various old age-related ailments died after being abandoned by its master inside Manapali forest in Khallikote area of Ganjam district. The incident had draws serious criticism from animal lovers.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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