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Quarantined pet lovers having a tough time
Staff Reporter

 GUWAHATI, June 30 - For the pet lovers of Guwahati who are now under home quarantine and whose compounds have been declared as containment zones, managing their pets has now become a big challenge.

 “It is a routine duty for me to take my dog outside for some time so that he can relieve himself. It is a biological need for him. He has the habit of relieving himself only outside. But now it is not possible for me to take him out,” a lady residing in the central part of the city whose residential compound was declared as a containment zone a few days back, told The Assam Tribune requesting anonymity.

According to the lady, initially she had engaged a person from outside to take her dog out during the evening hours against a wage of Rs 1,000 per day.

“When the person came to take my dog out, my neighbours objected to it. They said that the novel coronavirus could spread through the dog. Some of my neighbours also abuse people who come to my home with food and medicines. It is a very unfortunate situation for us,” she lamented.

The lady further alleged that no one from the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has come to sanitize their compound. “As per norms, it is the duty of the local municipal body to sanitize a compound immediately after declaring it as a containment zone. But even after five days, no GMC staff came to our place,” she said on Monday. “So we are trying our best to keep sanitizing the campus by ourselves. But I think our effort is not proper and scientific as we have no chemicals to do so,” she added.

Reacting to the lady’s allegation, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) Biswajit Pegu said he would look into the matter and take immediate corrective steps.

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