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As we sit waiting, the German
woman and her two children
tell me about the puppy they
rescued from Mt Irvine Bay in
2013 and took back to Germany.
Many tourists, mainly Euro-
peans, fall in love with one or
more "Tobago terriers" or cats
and spend thousands of dollars
to fly them back to their country
to live lives of love and luxury.
From her iPhone the woman
shows me photos and videos of
the pup, now a dog, lounging in
a designer dog bed, sleeping with
the children, curled up on a sofa,
playing outdoors with their other
dog (adopted from the streets of
Croatia), going for walks in a
park, running in the snow.
"What s her name?" I ask.
"Puppy," the woman responds,
We are at the Canaan/Bon
Accord Community Centre for
the T&T Society for the Preven-
tion of Cruelty to Animals
(TTSPCA) annual free SPOTT
clinic (Spaying Prevents Over-
population in T&T). Almost a
dozen vets and vet students from
Trinidad are in Tobago to operate
on the pets being brought in by
I am there with my dog. Oth-
ers are there with dogs and cats
in various stages of drowsiness.
Some pets are already spreadea-
gled on the table, knocked out
cold, oblivious to the scalpel.
In addition to health benefits
for animals, the importance of
spaying/neutering becomes evi-
dent when statistics like these
In six years, one un-spayed
female dog and her un-spayed
offspring can theoretically pro-
duce 67,000 dogs. One un-
spayed female cat and one un-
neutered male cat and their
offspring can result in 420,000
kittens in seven years. A female
cat can have 29 litters in ten
years. A male cat can sire as many
as 2,500 kittens in a single year,
and a male dog can sire almost
as many puppies. (Source: the
Watauga Humane Society, USA.)
A woman and dog approach
the front desk. The representative
in charge of registration asks the
dog s name.
"Puppy," the woman responds.
As the day unfolds, four other
dogs named "Puppy" are brought
in. Three of them belong to the
One man s canine has a more
"I never really named him," he
tells me when I ask.
Two people register their cats
simply as "Kitty".
Pets with less species-specific
names include Tiny and Tom
(cats), Molly, Patches, Prince, Bear
and Fatty (dogs).
"How you could name the dog
Fatty?" one woman calls out to
the owner upon overhearing the
"She was fat as a puppy. She
only now getting slim!" the
owner calls back.
"Millie," the name given that
day to the homeless dog from
Milford Court, is in a recovery
cage, slowly emerging from
drugged stupor. She has been
picked up by an animal lover who
brought her to be spayed---a
responsible thing to do for even
(or especially) a "stray" animal.
After years of giving birth to
countless offspring, Millie can
finally retire from her unwitting
job as a puppy factory. She will
be housed at the TTSPCA for
recovery and, in a few days,
returned "home" to Milford
Court, where she will be fed by
members of the public who know
Esther Waldron, a die-hard
animal lover, is there with three
dogs. One of her other dogs at
home (the mother of Prince, fea-
tured in the photo) is due to give
birth any day to Prince s future
siblings. Esther is hoping to find
loving homes for all of the pups
and, once they are born, will
advertise them via the TTSPCA.
"A dog s love is unconditional,
just like the love of God," she
What's in a name?
Esther Waldron, a die-hard animal lover, is hoping to find loving homes for all of the pups and, once they
are born, will advertise them via the TTSPCA.
There is no evacuation plan in effect
in the event of an emergency at the $750
million San Fernando Teaching Hospital,
which was opened ten months ago.
The admission came from South West
Regional Health Authority chief operations
officer (COO) Randolph Badall.
He was responding to a question from
a staff member, Debra Duncan, during the
authority s public board meeting on Thurs-
Duncan recalled an incident in October
when a fire alarm was triggered and every-
one ran out of the hospital, leaving behind
the warded patients.
"What evacuation plan you have in place
for the patients?" she asked.
Badall said there was an evacuation plan,
but it was yet to be implemented. The
evacuation plan was developed by a disaster
co-ordinator who was hired two months
Badall said it was a strategic plan and
the co-ordinator was working assiduously
with him and CEO Anil Gosine to have it
implemented as soon as possible.
The hospital, which was opened on Jan-
uary 9, has 18 floors. The top floor is where
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
usually holds Cabinet meetings in south.
The facility has 216 beds and provides
inpatient and outpatient services in mater-
nal and child health, paediatrics, general
surgeries, medical, urology, neurosurgical
All the floors have been occupied, with
the exception of Level 11, which will be
occupied by paediatrics at the end of the
month, Gosine said.
Gosine, in his report, said there have
been challenges with elderly people s reluc-
tance to use the elevators and escalators,
an apparent faulty alarm system and minor
flooding due to leaks.
But he said the SWRHA has been able
to manage those situations quite satisfac-
torily because of the processes and systems
they have in place. SW
plan at Sando
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