The Bombay High Court on Thursday granted volunteers from NGO People For Animals (PFA) access to the bungalow of Lila Parulekar to take care of around 200 rescued animals who are currently housed there.
The court directed the Commissioner of Police,Pune,to carry out the orders. The volunteers from the NGO,co-founded by Maneka Gandhi,had initially been turned away from the entrance of the bungalow despite the legal order.
The lack of infrastructure at the site has prompted the volunteers to start work and set up basic infrastructure at the site before full-fledged rescue and care can begin. The condition is serious. Only half the dogs are here and there is no place to even feed them, said Manoj Oswal from PFA. It could take at least two weeks before the place can be fully supported by animal lovers.
As of now,the volunteers are striving to put things in place as the number of dogs at the three 3-acre plot is not known. A few animal dead bodies have been found but there is no facility to dispose them off. The court order came in response to a petition filed by Satara-based Pronoti Vyas,who demanded that Parulekar be given medical aid and that the animals she had given shelter at her residence should also be taken care of.