DATELINE: PETPOSITIVE THERAPY CENTRE, PETALING JAYA.
PRESSURE IS MOUNTING against the Ipoh City Council (Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh or MBI) to ban all dog-shooting activities in the city for good.
Following the shooting to death of an elderly woman's licensed therapy dog in Taman Merdeka last Saturday, many other human victims of dog killings have been coming forward too, to tell their personal tales of horror how their pets were killed by the MDI's dog-shooters.
If nothing else, this is fast becoming a major embarrassment for a the local council that is operating in the 21st century.
The Ipoh City Council to date has yet to issue a statement on their latest blunder in shooting to death of a therapy canine.
It is learnt that they refused any comment to Airtime Management and Programming's LiteFM broadcaster when the radio station called them up yesterday.
Instead they only responded by saying that a statement will be issued in due time.
The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) in Perak is the first authority to go after them for their action.
Headed by Dr Quaza Nizamuddin B Hassan Nizam, DVS Perak has started an immediate investigation into the matter.
This happened after the incident was brought to the attention of the Department's Director-General Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin at the DVS' headquarters in Putrajaya.
At the time of publishing this report, the Perak DVS so far has yet to contact PETPOSITIVE for relevant details regarding the shooting.
This may probably be due to the current Festival of Lights holidays that Malaysians are observing over this weekend.
Ipoh Barat's Member of Parliament M Kulasegaran was the latest to visit the late Spunk's (the murdered therapy dog) owner this morning.
He vowed to do everything in his power to stop dog-shooting in the city.
Petpositive's President Anthony SB Thanasayan, meanwhile, was interviewed by Malaysiakini's Komunitikini this afternoon.
He was quizzed for his comments on the therapy dog-shooting case.
The story should come out later today.
Let's keep our fingers crossed that the MDI would have also finally issued their statement to the news portal.
Petpositive and animal lovers are eager to find out what their response will be.
Will they admit to their blunder and use the debacle as the final straw moving the council to outlaw dog-shooting?
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Thank you all for participating in our recent three-day poll.
We asked you if dog-shooting was justified and every single one of you who took part (nearly three dozen) said an emphatic "NO!"
The interesting part is that NONE of you voted to say "YES".
What's more, the site visit to PET+BLOGSPOT yesterday surpassed our all-time number for the previous day which was 1,593 visits in a day.
Yesterday it was a whopping 1,654! At the time of publishing this post, it has already climbed to almost 1,100 readers.
This just goes to show that animal lovers who support us are refusing to let this issue die out.
We want justice. We want dog-shootings not just in Ipoh City, but everywhere to cease at once!
In light of this, we are starting a brand new three-day poll today to ask all of you if you think that the MDI will finally disband its dog-shooting practice.
If you do, say "YES". If you don't, just say "No".
But please don't forget to also give us your comments about why you believe the MBI will stop its barbaric practice.
Or why you don't believe they will.
|CAT MPK in action at pound|
No council likes to be in the bad books of its residents and media publicity. Particularly if they realise that they're bungling up all the time instead of doing something effective and right.
In this case, we are talking about the management of stray animals.
No amount or shooting - or catching, for that matter - will effectively reduce the stray problem without spay programmes.
And this can only be achieved by working together with animal rights and welfare NGOs.
What do you think guys?
Fire away your thoughts.
But please remember to refrain from profanities and insults - no matter how angry we may feel - because you will risk getting your thoughts not appear in print.
Besides, it is human nature to shut off whenever one is on the defensive.
Waiting to hear from you!
(Click HERE for earlier story)
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