In a unique initiative, West Bengal’s Minister-in-Charge of Higher Education and School Education Department Partha Chatterjee is building a hospital for dogs in memory of his wife.
The construction work for this hospital is already underway and the minister has reportedly begun the preparations for opening the hospital in Kolkata. The hospital will be named Babli Chatterjee Memorial Pet Hospital, in the name of his wife, who breathed her last in July 2017. Talking about this initiative, Chatterjee said that his wife was a dog lover and he thought of building the hospital to keep her memories alive. “My wife was a true dog lover. She used to really care about them. She would take ailing dogs to doctors, and ensure medication for them. This gave me a thought to build a hospital for dogs to keep alive the memories of my wife,” he added. “There are six dogs in our family now that include two St. Bernards, Golden Retriever and Pug. As long she was fit, she used to take care of them that including feeding them, giving them medicines and taking them to vets. Even when she went to sleep at night, her pets were her companions.” The minister said that at times when he returned home late from meetings, he was forced to sleep on the floor as his pet dogs would have already slept on his bed. He added that there is a lack of veterinary hospitals in Kolkata and his wife used to talk about this a lot of time. “There is lack of veterinary hospitals in Kolkata. My wife often used to talk about this to me. Members of trust are constantly in touch with me and several veterinary doctors. I have asked them to ensure the best of facilities for dogs. I have also asked them to speed things up,” Chatterjee said. “The trust has a plot of 17 acres near Baghajatin railway station in south Kolkata, where the hospital will be set up,” he said, refusing to reveal the cost of the project.
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