AN INDIAN woman feeds and looks after over 400 dogs – with 120 living with her in a shanty in New Delhi. The ‘dog lady of New Delhi’, 65 years old, Pratima Devi, is a rag picker and has chosen to dedicate her life to stray dogs, reports barcroft.tv.
Pratima lives in a tarp-covered shed with her 120 dogs and sells scraps to feed them, despite barely being able to feed herself. However, the 65-year-old claims to be happier with her beloved hounds than with humans, after she left her husband after they had a troubled marriage.
She said: “I feel happy to live with them. When I was with my husband, I wasn’t happy. I used to work all day and run the house. My husband didn’t work.”
Pratima has three grown-up children who still live in her native village, but she refuses to go back there.
She said: “My son calls me all the time and tells me that he will take me to the village with him. But I don’t listen to him, I want to do good for the dogs.”