SEEKING to neutralise the problem of stray animals, three local councils — Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and Subang Jaya — will jointly set up an animal neuter clinic in Shah Alam, which is expected to be ready early next year.
“The public will just have to pay a nominal fee to use the facilities for pets like cats and dogs,” said PJ council canine advisory team chairman, Anthony Thanasayan.
The facility was highlighted at the Petaling Jaya City Council full board meeting on Wednesday. The team, spearheaded by the PJ council, was set up late last year and comprises representatives from all 12 councils
in Selangor, with the objective of addressing animal issues humanely and coming up with ideas pertaining to animal welfare.
Issues include how these animals should be caught and treated. The team also aims to educate pet owners on animal care in their homes.
Anthony said the council has received complaints that some owners deliberately allowed their dogs unleashed and unaccompanied outside their homes.
Some of these dogs ended up being poisoned and run down by vehicles. “The safety of the dog must be in the minds of the owners and it must be leashed the minute it steps out of the compound. For this reason, we are looking into ways to penalise owners for being inconsiderate to the animals and the neighbourhood.
“The penalty and law which will be applied is currently being discussed. If the owners can’t assure its safety, then it is best they don’t keep a pet.”
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