Residents demand relocation of ‘Mission Possible’ animal shelter

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 5 July 2018

The irate residents have asked for immediate relocation of the shelter home and action by the civic body

Pune: The Bombay High Court has admitted petition of residents of Gurunanak Nagar on Shankarsheth Road against animal shelter ‘Mission Possible’. The irate residents have asked for immediate relocation of the shelter home and action by the civic body.

Adv Ashutosh Srivastav, the lawyer appearing for the residents of the area, informed about the development in the press conference on Wednesday. He was accompanied by Anil Kalra and Neeta Parikh representing the residents.

Speaking about the development, Adv Srivastav said, “The conflict is centred on ‘Mission Possible’, a shelter for dogs and cats in a residential neighbourhood at Gurunanak Nagar on Shankarsheth Road. Both the Health Department and the Encroachment Department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have admitted that this shelter home is an illegal one. The organisation is registered as a charitable trust and claims to be moving soon to a land in Saswad, but is at the same place for the last five years.”

The property where the animal shelter is currently situated is owned by Padmini Stump and it is run by Stump, along with Dr Ravi Kasbekar, an oncologist and four to five workers. When contacted Padmini said, “Mission Possible is a charitable trust carrying various activities for the welfare of sick, infirm, injured and abused animals that are abandoned by unscrupulous members of society at large. These animals are mercilessly dumped by unknown people at our doorsteps. We are treating them at our own expense. At a bungalow owned by me, we take care of all such abused animals by treating them for injuries and doing their sterilisation and vaccination. The plea in terms of shifting Mission Possible is totally misconceived and misleading. Approaching the media, that too with false information while the matter is subjudice amounts to contempt of the court and for this we are in the process of taking appropriate legal action.”

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