I feel I need to tell my story to all the animal lovers in Kuwait to be aware of the horrific cruelty I witnessed inside the Animal House in Salmiya.
About 3 weeks ago I rescued an old dog who was in a bad condition, as an animal lover I couldn’t leave it there, so with the help of some people we managed to lift the dog into my car. I immediately took the dog to Dr Andro who checked the dog over and said the dog was dehydrated and had malnutrition.
Obviously the dog had been abandoned as it was friendly and gentle around humans. Not knowing what to do with the dog I drove around. I couldn’t take the dog home as I already have four dogs and three cats in a two bedroom apartment with the neighbors complaining. So my only resort was the animal house as they take in dogs with no vaccines and microchip. I boarded the dog for 5 days until I could find someone to foster him.
When putting the dog into its kennel I noticed a German shepherd with a small poodle. The German shepherd was jumping and barking around in the kennel as the poodle was walking into the walls. However during the 5 days I paid two visits to the dog which I boarded, as my gut was telling me that something wasn’t right about this place.
On my second visit I looked inside the kennel of the German shepherd and the small poodle. To my horror I saw a brown poodle covered in dog stool lying on the bare cold floor and could barely stand up. I asked the cleaner to open up the kennel so I could take a look at this dog, that’s when he told me it was blind.
As I approached the dog I honestly couldn’t make out what it was or what had gone wrong, puzzled and in shock I had to quickly make a decision whether or not to pick it up. As I brought the dog closer to the light I burst out in tears and immediately charged into the reception area where people were waiting. I demanded to see the person in charge. A vet named Rania came out and asked me who’s dog it was. I replied ‘’what a stupid question, this dog is in your boarding shelter so how would I know? Another vet was then called out to identify the dog, by then the people who were waiting to see the vets had walked out discussed after witnessing the horrific sight of this poor dog. A third vet then came out who was also puzzled at first and tool a few minutes to identified the dog saying she had boarded it two weeks ago and was told it was blind. That was the last time she had seen it before it was sent into the boarding kennel.
Obviously this poodle had been left without anyone even checking on it and no medical care was given as the two eyes were pouring with green pus and covered with dog stool. The female vet attacked me and pulling the dog from my arms and pushing me out of the door screaming ‘’if you don’t like it leave’’.
I put up a fight and refused to hand over the dog. The vets claimed they could not treat this dog as they had no money and the owner was out of the country. I’m guessing it takes too much time and money to at least clean out the eyes daily and to clean the kennels.
Obviously these vets are in this business for the money and not for the welfare of these animals. By chance there were teenagers at the shelter whom claimed they knew the boarding shelter’s son, so called him and handed me the phone. I told him what I witnessed he replied he had no idea what was going on and he hadn’t been to the shelter for a few weeks. He agreed to meet with me on that evening so I left and returned two hours later.
He welcomed us with sweet talk and said he was willing to change his place if we found him professional vets. He was more concerned about making money and was not even a bit concerned about the poor dog that had been washed and was shivering to death. The vets had ordered the cleaners to quickly wash the dog and the room in which the dog was put in before the owner came knowing that the dog was severely ill.
During the time I was there the owner hadn’t even attempted to see the dog until I told them to bring it out. The dog was dripping with water, smelling and pus still pouring from its eyes. The smell was so bad; it remained on my hands for 3 days. When the dog was brought out any normal person’s reaction would be shock but he didn’t seem to see the difference between what a normal dog and what this dog looked like. I pleaded with him to hand the dog over so I could get it proper medical help knowing it had no chance of surviving under their care.
He said he would take care of the situation and reassured me he was willing to change his staff if we were to provide him with professional vets. I wrapped the dog in a blanket and placed it inside a small cage with tears rolling down my face knowing that there wasn’t much more I could do for this poor creature. The dog didn’t want to go inside as it kept putting its head on my chest not wanting to part with me.
The next day I received a phone call from the male vet saying the dog was doing much better. I decided to go and see for myself. The vet who had called me the day before said “NO MORE DOG GONE” for a moment I felt overwhelm as I thought the owner had picked it up. Then he said the dog “DIED” my heart sank, he said they buried him in the grounds. I immediately called the owner but he was obviously too busy to take my call at the time and said he would call back ASAP.
Five days later and I am still waiting for his call. The dog went in a healthy mixed WHITE poodle but sadly never came out. It spent its final two weeks in a shit hole and never got to see the light of day again.
Dr Rania and her colleagues are “DOG KILLERS” only working to get paid; if it weren’t for them this dog would have still been alive.
If you are a true pet lover and really care for your animals please boycott The Animal Hospital Salmiya and please share this message.
Don’t let yours or anyone else’s animal end up like the dog in this picture.