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DATELINE PETALING JAYA:
THE INCIDENT last week of the Ipoh City Council (MBI) shooting to death a therapy dog in Taman Merdeka in Perak raised the hackles of scores of animal lovers throughout the nation.
PET+BLOGSPOT's was jammed with visitors in and outside the country who were quick to condemn the local council's action as barbaric and unforgiving.
One reader, however, surprised us yesterday with his reaction to all the current publicity that has been raised over the issue.
He even went to the extent of calling us over the telephone to personally share with us his opinion on the subject.
The reader named "TS" spoke out against what he described as "the hypocrisy of nongovernmental animal groups and their activists."
"Some animal activists are incredibly selfish," he told PET+BLOGSPOT.
"They only think of the animal and don't care two hoots about human beings," he added, before going on to explain about the 8-month ordeal he endured with a stray dog in Section 17 in PJ, Selangor.
"It stood outside of my house and was a danger to everyone in the neighbourhood for weeks and months.
"It would chase after us, and would terrify children and the elderly."
Animal lovers, he said, just kept feeding the dog instead of trying to diffuse a potentially dangerous situation.
They made no attempts to try and re-home the animal, at best, so that it would no longer pose a danger in the neighbourhood.
TS tried to get a couple of animal shelters to help get rid of the dog. However, according to him, they flatly refused.
"One of the front-desk staff even had the nerve to tell me that they were only interested in animal's welfare and not in human beings," he claimed.
TS only solution therefore was to get help from the local council - in this case, the Petaling Jaya City Council or MBPJ.
Although he said he had to wait a while for action to be taken, the MBPJ dog-catching team finally caught the stray and handed it over to an animal shelter.
TS who has never owned a dog in his life or had one as a pet in his family says he is not against dogs.
However, he strongly feels that pet owners should clearly start to change their doting attitudes on their dogs and act more responsibly.
Practices like walking their canines without a leash, or allowing them to defecate in the neighbourhood or at other peoples' homes without promptly picking up after them only make non pet owners get annoyed with them all the more.
"If pet lovers and animal activists wish to get more support for their causes, they should also start acting responsibly towards their fellow man," TS pointed out.
"I realise that it is often never the dog's fault but the owners when there is a problem with 'dogs'," he said.
"It must not be forgotten that local councils have an indispensable role to play in the management of stray dogs and cats in the environment," he concluded.
On our part, PETPOSITIVE made it clear to TS that the issue against the Ipoh City Council was their practice in shooting and killing dogs and not against the job of stray management in the city.
What do YOU think about TS' views?
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