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872 cows, calves die at two cattle shelter homes in Patna in two years

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PATNA: As many as 872 animals, majority of them cows, have died at two Kanji Houses (cattle shelter homes) in Patna in the past two years which means more than one animal is dying every day.

According to a report published in Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, a total of 872 animals have died at two cattle shelters located at Veterinary College and Sri Krishna Goshala in Patna in the past two years.

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While 530 cows and calves died at Veterinary College-based shelter in 11 months, 342 animals perished at Sri Krishna Goshala running in Didarganj locality of the state capital in the past two years, reports said.

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All these animals were caught while loitering on the streets of Patna and sent to the shelter homes. Reports said a total of 2,439 stray animals were sent to these two shelters in the past two years.

Lack of adequate fodder and improper care are blamed for the death of the innocent animals at the shelter homes.

“Most of the animals brought to these shelter centres were in critical condition after chewing plastic bags and other harmful things,” Dr Subodh Kumar who is posted at the Veterinary college farm house was quoted as telling the media.

Officials said they were looking into the matter. “We have taken the matter seriously and looking into the matter. We are trying to ensure adequate arrangement of fodders for the animals lodged at these centres,” Patna district magistrate Kumar Ravi has told the media.

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