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More like ‘Joy’ out there
AS sad as Joy’s case is, the dog is one of many stray animals in distress because of cruelty.
However, not many people know of such cases unless they’re highlighted, said Rena Chang, who has been rescuing strays for the last three years.
Chang said she had seen and rescued many animals that had been neglected and abused.
“I do not know why people do these things,” said Chang.
She was commenting on Joy, the stray dog that was severely beaten by a group of Indonesian workers that part of its jaw had to be surgically removed. The dog’s plight was highlighted on Dec 2.
The public do not realise that animals are also living things and that they deserve to live, said Chang.
“Early this year, I came across a group of children in Shah Alam chasing a stray dog with a stick. Their mother just watched and did nothing to stop them,” she said.
“This shows how ignorant some people are,” she said.
Chang said maimed and injured animals have less chance of being adopted and finding good homes.
“Most people would not adopt injured or crippled animals, but we do have some kind-hearted Malaysians who don’t mind a ‘special’ animal as their pet,” she said.
Chang urged the authorities to look into every case of animal cruelty as there are many animals suffering out there.
On Dec 27, a coalition of animal welfare groups, comprising Petpositive (Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association), Marpo (Malaysian Association for Responsible Pet Ownership), Madpet (Malaysians Against Death Penalty & Torture) and SPCA Selangor (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), lodged a report at Brickfields police station, urging authorities to take action against those who hurt and maimed Joy. — By MOHD ISKANDAR IBRAHIM
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