Animals: Heroes

Visitors to the Animal War Dispensary of the Royal S. P. C. A., opened last month in London by Frances Countess of Warwick, may now observe an heroic plaque on its façade. A central angelic figure, bearing laurel wreaths, stands waiting with wings and arms outspread. Toward it in stone-carved bas relief, memorializing the sacrifice of their kind, march the dumb messengers and burden-bearers of War—horses, oxen, dogs, pigeons, camels, an elephant, an ass—reminders that in the World War died 269,000 British horses & mules, 22,812 British camels, 628 British bullocks; dogs, pigeons, asses, elephants not counted.


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