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A retirement home for police horses!
Animal lovers can now relax, as police horses are endowed with retirement homes, where they will be well taken care of. After years of service, Arjun, Sultata and other horses are all set to lead a retired life in a posh campus at Ashari, Mukundapur.
A RETIREMENT home for police horses has become a reality now. Spokesperson of People for Animals (PFA), Kolkata, says, “This is the first time when retired horses are being given the honour of leading a peaceful and dignified retired life. This heartwarming gesture should serve as an eye-opener for institutes that resort to cruel means to do away with horses that had served them for years.”
 
The athletic, Arjun, had done West Bengal police proud by winning medals at national competitions. The graceful Sultata and Roshanara were once the prized possessions during ceremonial occasions. The charming Prince was a heartthrob. This was when they were young. Now, they are set to lead a retired life.
 
14 horses that had served at Police Training College (PTC), Barrackpore, headed for a retirement home at Mukundapur near EM Bypass recently. They will now lead a dignified retired life at animal hospital cum shelter in Ashari, Mukundapur.
 
At Ashari, the 14 horses will have an exclusive 5,000 sq ft roaming paddock for themselves, with a 1,000 sq ft shed on the 4.4 acre sprawling campus.
 
Police personnel, who have trained these horses for years, bade them an emotional adieu as the team left the Barrackpore campus. Some could not stop breaking down, as the animals were loaded on the truck to be transported.
 
A riding master at PTC adds, “It was an emotional farewell as they had been a part of PTC for years.  Some of us have become extremely attached to them and we will miss them. But we are happy that they will be looked after well at their new home.”
 
The state finance department had earlier given consent for a proposal from the riding school at PTC that had sought to stop the practice of infirm horses being ‘put to sleep’.  In August 2006, the then DIG had enquired about the cost of taking care of these retired horses from PFA.
 
PFA, after furnishing the details, had appealed for funds. The government had committed to pay only one/third of the maintenance cost of Rs 88 a day per horse. However, there have been positive responses from animal lovers in France and Australia who have pledged to bear a part of the expenses. PFA will welcome more and more funds for this noble cause. 
Let’s hope plenty of such positive welcome developments take place for making animal lovers feel happier.
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