PATNA: She might not be a celebrity among animal rights activists, but her contribution in the field is arguably second to none.
Meet Arpita Bose, Bihar's own Maneka Gandhi. A college teacher, the lady has been religiously spending her evenings feeding stray animals, particularly street dogs, since 1995. She feeds 50 chapatis and 15 packets of biscuits to the animals in Makhaniya Kuan, Khazanchi Road, Govind Mitra Road, Bari Path and Langar Toli localities every evening.
She also carries de-worming tablets and antibiotics __ in case she comes across ailing animals.
Once she steps out of her home, the scene is to be seen to be believed. Waiting dogs make a move, and follow her like obedient pets __ till they get their pie.
And what does it cost? "A little over Rs 7,000 a month. I save this money by curtailing my personal expenses," said Bose whose house is also a home to six dogs and 20-odd cats.
The animal rights crusader is also into vaccinating stray dogs against rabies. "It started three years back, and over 200 dogs have been administered the vaccine so far," she said.