15 September 2015

Good and Evil on the Streets of Ipoh

Sometimes in life, and more often in expat settings than in the comfort of our home countries where we know how to avoid these things, we come across evidence of man's capacity for depravity.  I will never forget some of the scenes I witnessed at orphanages in West Africa, particularly once seeing a baby victim of 'JuJu' or black magic rescued from the bush where he had been strung up and left for the animals to eat.  These sights taught me from a very young age that there is true evil in the world and that there are people who lack even an ounce of compassion for life in all its beauty and variety.

The refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, the problems faced by the Rohingya, the struggles of communities in Africa against scourges such as famine and Ebola virus and countless other usually silent tragedies that cross our radar briefly before being forgotten in the hustle and bustle of our day to day existence remind us of the beast in man and its ability to visit suffering on others.

A few weeks ago I had taken our old dog to the vet for a pre-op consultation and, when leaving, we came across this crate of puppies.  They were found in a cemetery, tied into a heavy jute bag and left to suffocate and dehydrate in the heat.  Their rescuer had found them and, having washed them down with antiseptic was bringing them to the vets for a check up and inoculations. Thank goodness the puppies seemed none the worse for their ordeal and they were happy and confident enough to talk to our old dog Bessie who was desperate to take care of them.


I ran into the same man a few days later when our dog was in for her operation.  He had some more puppies with him.  He  has a soft spot for animals and is well known in the town so that people call him if they see any strays dumped.  He currently has 41 dogs in kennels in his garden.  All inoculated, all being socialised and trained and he keeps all dogs until he can find their forever home. The vet told me that he is a regular visitor.  We can't take on any more pets (although Bessie would love another puppy) but I know he is doing his best to find loving homes for every dog that comes his way.

I took a photo of the puppies, rescued from a horrible fate and starting out on a far better life than they could possibly have ever hoped for.  Our older daughter, who was with me at the time, said if the man who dumped them was a devil incarnate then the man who saved them was an angel.  These may only be puppies, the action may only be very small in the grand scheme of the problems of the world but she was very right, this picture reminds me that if there is the capacity for wickedness in us all then there is also the capacity for great good.  Something worth remembering given the depressing nature of the news at the present time.

Posted on the Animal Tales linky hosted by Eco-Gites of Lenault

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12 comments:

  1. Thank goodness that there is an 'angel' there rescuing these puppies!

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    1. He was such an unassuming man as well....

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  2. How lovely that they were saved! It's good to hear about the people who are prepared to step in and help.

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    1. Yes he was inspirational - if only there were more like him.

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  3. Angels do exist and just as well in the face of such animal cruelty. I so hope these lucky puppies all find a loving home. Thank you for adding this to #AnimalTales.

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    1. Thanks - it looks like their odds are much better now than just a very short time ago. They were very lucky pups.

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  4. Thank goodness for that 'angel'. I hope they all find the loving homes they deserve. Agree completely with your last paragraph. #AnimalTales.

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  5. Thank you for writing this Nerissa. xx
    My heart is hurting a little bit reading these words, but you are right that we are the ones who are responsible for making our own little fragment of the world a better place.

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    1. I know - I would have loved to take them all in but we are fit to burst at the moment - perhaps in our retirement I can take a leaf out of this man's book!

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  6. I love to be able to do what that mani siding with rescuing so many dogs, but I'm afraid if i started I'd never stop

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    1. Yes I think it might be a dangerous hobby!

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