Thursday, January 27, 2011

Animal lovers lodge police report - Free Malaysia Today

Animal lovers lodge police report over poodle abuse

G Vinod | January 27, 2011

The NGOs said they will take matters into their own hands if the police fail to act within 24 hours.
PETALING JAYA: Several non-governmental organisations (NGO) lodged a police report against an unidentified man caught on video abusing his pet dog, a poodle.

The groups, consisting of Animal Rights Society (RAW), Malaysian Animal Welfare Society, Petpositive, Independent Living and Training Centre and Lawyers for Liberty lodged the report at the Dang Wangi police headquarters this morning.

The local daily had reported a widely circulated video in Facebook showing a tattooed man, believed to be a Malaysian, using physical force against his pet in an attempt to teach it some tricks.

The dog was seen to have been smacked violently whenever it failed to heed its master’s instructions.
The video sparked massive uproar among animal lovers in the social networking site, demanding the perpetrator to be arrested.

Speaking to FMT, Petpositive president, Anthony Thanasayan criticised the police and the Department of Veterinary Services for their inaction as the video had been in circulation for the past three days.

“The woman who was videotapping the torture is equally guilty as she did not stop the man. We demand the police to arrest both criminals,”said Thanasayan.

He called for the police to set up a task force to track the abusers as they are in clear violation of the Animal Act 2006.

“The authorities should act fast as the perpetrator may harm the dog as they would have known by now that their heinous act has been made public.

“If the police do not act within 24 hours, the we will apprehend them ourselves,”he said.

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