Pets starve inside closed shop during lockdown; owner visits on alternate days to feed
Palakkad: When Musthafa opened his pet shop on Saturday, he was welcomed not by the normal playful singing sounds but the screech of birds and animals inside. They were starving for two days as the shop was shut during the lockdown. Musthafa was heartbroken to see the sight and gave them food and water quickly. Then the howls slowly settled.
Golden Aquarium at Olavakkod here sells pigeons, lovebirds, swan, kitten, ornamental fish and other pets. After the coronavirus prevention lockdown was implemented, he was compelled to close the shop leaving the pets starve inside. When the birds and animals started dying, Musthafa decided to endure police action and went to the shop on alternate days to give them food.
Musthafa lives at Ambayakkod in Mannarkkad. Though he asked for a daily pass to visit the shop, it was denied. So, he comes to the shop by 11 in the morning and returns after feeding the pets. He used to earn Rs 4000-5000 every day. But the sales has stopped now. However, the pets dying due to lack of food and care gives more pain to Musthafa than low income.
As the aquarium was not cleaned for days, almost all of the fish died of fungal infection. Birds also are getting ill as air circulation is not proper inside the closed shop. Musthafa also said that pet feed like grains and rice bran were not stocked as the lockdown was implemented all of a sudden. The pets are fed with the remaining food stocked in the shop.