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MAJLIS BANDARAYA IPOHJalan Sultan Abdul Jalil,
30450, Ipoh Perak
Tel : 05-2083333
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THE WORLD OF ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY for the disabled and elderly Malaysians in the country suffered a couple of regretful setbacks recently.
Both incidents involved members of the national animal-assisted therapy society for positive living called Petpositive.
The first was the shocking, senseless and cruel shooting of a therapy dog in the city of Ipoh.
The hapless canine’s name was Spunk.
He was shot dead by the local council (MBI).
The canine belonged to an elderly woman in Taman Merdeka.
For nearly ten glorious years, Spunk had been the 75-year old retired teacher’s best friend and a symbol of successful living.
Living alone since her husband had passed away, the courageous canine was true to his fitting name in every way.
He served as the unsurpassed watchdog anyone could ever wish for.
Long before anyone – or anything, for that matter – could even visibly approach their front gate, Spunk would already be there.
Spunk’s radar-like ears would never fail to pick up the warning sounds instantly.
This kept them both safe and secure during the nights.
In addition to Spunk being the elderly woman’s best defence against loneliness, the adorable pooch was also a great reason to exercise when it was time for his “walkies.”
From what I heard from the incredible dog’s owner, Spunk was also very popular with the neighbours.
They all loved him. The cheeky canine would never fail to bring a big wide smile in their faces whenever he came by with his owner.
In spite of her age, Spunk’s owner was the epitome of a responsible pet owner (RPO).
She would never forget her tissues to pick up after her dog whenever she was on her health walks with Spunk.
However, on the morning of October 30th she somehow did forget.
And ironically, it was for the reasons of RPO that eventually led to their nightmare.
Leaving Spunk at the gate to dart in for the necessaries ended in a terrible tragedy.
That was the same time that the dog-shooters were on their rounds.
Seeing their vehicle, Spunk panicked and fled for his life.
Instead of exercising discretion in the situation, the defenceless dog was hunted down and cold-bloodedly shot to death on the road.
His killers showed no mercy to the animal; even though it proudly wore a valid dog-license around its neck.
Owning a proper license was something that Spunk never once failed to do in his entire existence – thanks chiefly to his owner’s steadfast RPO principles and practice.
The horrible nightmare clearly made a total mockery of obeying the laws of land to have all pet dogs registered.
What was even worse, the MBI quickly carted the carcass off before Spunk’s owner could see him.
All she saw in the end were traces of her best buddy’s blood splashed on the tarred road.
Does the MBI realise what they had done?
Not only had they robbed – in broad daylight – from an elderly person of a very precious friend and confidante in her life to return to an empty home filled with only memories of her dog – but also, by carting the animal away, they had also denied her from experiencing the natural process of grieving over the sudden and horrid loss of a loved one.
And to think that we often like to consider ourselves as matured human beings who are far superior than our counterparts in the animal kingdom?
But even animals in the wild take the time to grieve over the loss of a fellow species at the risk of being consumed by other predators in the process.
This brings me to the second incident: the passing away of one of the few service dogs in Malaysia called Dusty on the sixth of this month.
He was buried in the compound of his home in a disabled centre where he loyally served for over ten years of his rich doggy-life.
The Golden Retriever was a source of joy and inspiration to all the residents of the home during his life.
“Dusty was trained to go for help to our neighbours during an emergency in our centre – I hate to think what would happen to a dog like him – and all of us – if the dogcatchers were to shoot him during his mission” said one of the residents.
Last week, a group of animal rights activists – including the disabled in wheelchairs for the first time – met up with the Director General of Veterinary Services (DVS) Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamalludin in Putrajaya where he issued an immediate ban on all dog-shooting in the country.
As a result of that meeting, a first-ever protem Animal Welfare Council will be convened next Thursday which will be chaired by the DG himself.
The brainchild of Dr Aziz, the council which will be executed from a ministerial level, will cover all aspects of animal welfare issues that include animal-assisted therapy for the disabled and the elderly.
The committee will immediately get cracking into its top priority agenda: the setting up, as soon as possible, of a first-ever Animal Welfare bill to promote and protect the care and well-being of all animals in the country.
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