Saturday, October 10, 2009

Petaling Jaya's First Dog Forum on Sunday - The Star

Friday October 9, 2009
PJ’s first dog forum on Sunday

THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will be having its first ever forum on dogs this Sunday in conjunction with World Animal Day.

It will take place at the Petaling Jaya Community Library in PJ Old Town.

World Animal Day is celebrated on Oct 4 each year. It started in Florence, Italy, in 1931 at a convention of ecologists.

The forum is aimed at tackling dog-related issues in the community.

The four speakers at the forum are Dr Chandra Muzaffar, SPCA Selangor chairman Christine Chin, Department of Veterinary Services veterinary officer Dr Thiba Rajoo and Petpositive assistant secretary Shenaaz Khan.

The speakers will touch on various issues such as religion, assisted animal therapy and caring for canines.

According to MBPJ councillor Anthony Thanasayan, letters have been sent to residents from both sides of the divide — the dog lovers and those who always complain about dogs — to attend the forum.

He said the forum would be a great platform for people to share and tackle dog-related issues in the state.

“This will be the first time, we are bringing both groups together to see how we can improve the current situation.

“Suggestions and relevant points will be noted and discussed.

“We also want to educate the people because some people have many dogs but are not aware of how to take care of them.

“During the forum, MBPJ will show an exclusive video on how they catch dogs,” he said.

Thanasayan said MBPJ was the only council that had a K9 Advisory Committee that met once a month.

He added that representatives from all the other councils in Selangor would also be attending the forum.

The forum will be launched by state local government, studies and research committee chairman Ronnie Liu.

The people are encouraged to come and join the forum.

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