|Pix courtesy from MBPJ & PETPOSITIVE|
AS MANY AS EIGHT OFFICIALS FROM THE IPOH CITY COUNCIL (MBI) IN PERAK WERE SENT OVER TO THE PETALING JAYA CITY COUNCIL (MBPJ) IN SELANGOR ON A SPECIAL MISSION LAST THURSDAY.
THEY WERE ON A SPECIAL STUDY TRIP TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF PETALING JAYA'S MANAGEMENT OF STRAY ANIMALS IN THE AREA.
|Memorandum handover in Ipoh|
Leading the delegation was PETPOSITIVE President and MBPJ Chairman of the Canine Advisory Team (CAT) Anthony SB Thanasayan.
After hearing all the arguments the NGOs had against dog shooting, MBI council secretary Datuk Abdul Rahim Md Ariff issued a stop-shooting order at once.
He also instructed the council to make an urgent study trip to MBPJ to learn from the latter's success in stray management through canine catching.
|Internet file pix|
Two spokespersons for MBPJ's health department which stray management is under spoke about their programme.
They revealed that MBPJ had shot stray dogs before as a practice but gave up on it because of the cruelty it imposed on the animals as well as the danger to human beings.
|The briefing session in MBPJ's Bilik Gerakan|
It took time for the darts to work on hyperactive dogs. By the time the effects set in, the dogs were long gone.
According to MBPJ, the best methods was by far, trapping or catching the canines.
MBPJ Councillor and Chairman of the Canine Advisory Team or CAT Anthony SB Thanasayan was also invited to speak for about 15 minutes.
He explained to the MBI dogcatchers why canines were loved by many.
"They play a variety of roles in helping humans such as service and therapy animals to police and rescue work as well as in crime fighting in the neighbourhood," he said to a warm response from the audience.
"Local councils can never win the war against irresponsible pet owners without pooling in help from animal NGOs," said Thanasayan who is also President of PETPOSITIVE.
"Our greatest enemy are NOT CANINES," he stressed.
"They are IRRESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS and one of the best weapons against such people is education.
"If there are no irresponsible pet owners, there will be no complaints against canines," he concluded at the briefing session.
The MBI officials were treated to lunch before they made a visit to PAWS animal shelter in PJ.
All dogs caught by MBPJ are sent to PAWS on the very day of their capture.
MBPJ pays RM15.00 each for every dog, puppy, cat and kitten surrendered to PAWS by the council.
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