Emaciated Temple Dog Suffers in Silence



Rijit was almost unrecognizable Temple dog Rijit was hobbling towards us clearly asking for help. We were about to leave when she suddenly appeared out of the shadows. I hardly recognized her. She was just skin and bones. How could this happen? We hadn't seen her all week so she must have been hiding in great pain. It looked like she hadn't eaten for a week or more.





Her knee was cracked and the joint dislocated Rijit was holding up her back leg which seemed to be swinging in the air. The leg must be broken. It was very swollen around the knee joint and she didn't want us to touch it. In fact, we had to put a muzzle on Rijit for fear of getting bitten. There was no monk around to ask what had happened to this poor suffering dog who is so friendly. Why hadn't anyone contacted us? Our vet has no x-ray facility and neither do the other two vets in town. Rijit's temperature was high which is a sure sign of infection. She was panting heavily from pain and flinched as the vet examined her knee joint. His prognosis was that it's cracked.


She'd been hit either by a car or motorbike speeding through the temple grounds. Yet another temple casualty from a heartless careless driver. 'She needs cage rest to give time for the bone to heal' the vet told us. Rijit was given pain killers, anti-biotics calcium and a range of vitamins and oils and given a soft rug to lie on.


Taken to our Healing Centre She has been at our Healing Centre (for the 2nd time) for nearly a month. She still can't put her foot on the ground for more than seconds and her thigh muscles are becoming wasted. We give her massages but she doesn't allow more than a few seconds.