LAKHIMPUR: The coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide lockdown initiated subsequently in order to contain the spread of the pandemic, have not only affected the low-income families adversely but also hit the stray animals. Street dogs especially have to suffer a lot in search of food during the lockdown days as the main sources of their food- hotel, restaurants and meat shops -are closed. Though many individuals, institutions and organizations have pitched in to help the low-income families across the State by giving them food items, only few people have come forward to feed the stray animals like street dogs, cows and monkeys during this long period of the lockdown.
Amidst this crisis, a senior journalist of Lakhimpur and vice-president of North Lakhimpur Press Club, Priyam Jyoti Phukan and her daughter Baishali Saikia, a student of BA 6th semester of North Lakhimpur College (Autonomous), have been feeding the street dogs of North Lakhimpur town. Both mother and daughter are animal lovers in the true sense and have been feeding the street dogs since the third day of the first phase of the lockdown by supplying them mixed food items prepared in their house along with water.
Priyamjyoti Phukan has given shelter to four street dogs in her house. Some months back, she saved the life of a dog which was severely injured after being knocked down by a car at Bazaar Tiniali of North Lakhimpur town. She got the dog treated at the Lakhimpur College of Veterinary Science and then shifted her to College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara in order to perform a surgical operation. Few magnanimous persons assisted her by extending financial aid to some extent to bear the expenditure of the surgical operation. After a week-long treatment at Khanapara, the dog recovered and now it lives in Priyamjyoti’s house.
Priyamjyoti Phukan has appealed to all to come forward to feed the innocent animals during the lockdown period. She further appealed to the owners to take proper care of their cows straying here and there with their calves by bringing them home. In this regard, she urged the administration to take strict steps and to manage easily available veterinary services in the rural and urban areas along with adequate fodder for the animals.