|Dogs at the pound|
A FIRST-EVER MBPJ CAT COMMITTEE MEETING IS TAKING PLACE IN MPS THIS MORNING.
IT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE.
THIS MORNING, MEMBERS OF THE VERY FIRST CANINE ADVISORY TEAM (CAT) IN THE COUNTRY ARE HAVING THEIR OFFICIAL MEETING HERE.
AND EVERYONE IS LITERALLY PROUDLY MEOWING ABOUT IT!
|MBPJ CAT with other councils in MBPJ HQ|
The Canine Advisory Team or CAT which was mooted by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Councillor Anthony SB Thanasayan has plans to make this a first of more meetings to be held monthly at the various councils in Selangor.
"CAT is very concerned about the humane treatment of animals that are under the care of the local councils," said Thanasayan to PET+BLOGSPOT yesterday.
"We want to make sure that every animal, particularly dogs, are treated in the best possible way from the moment they are caught by the council all the way right up until they are adopted and even put to sleep," he said.
|MBPJ CAT visiting MPS pound with Gunarajah George|
The treatment of animals by local councils, in particular canines, have always come under fire by animal rights and welfare groups.
"Many of these complaints are justified," Thanasayan said. However, he pointed out that it is better to work with local councils than to fight them.
"The biggest weakness of local councils are their ignorance about canines and this is understandable as most of them have never owned dogs.
"This is where CAT comes in to try and educate them - and, at the same time, pet owners who are irresponsible with their pets."
|Dr Xavier saying "hello" to a furry friend during MBPJ operations|
NGOs like PAWS, SPCA and PETPOSITIVE were immediately roped into the committee where CAT now meets once a month.
Half a year later, CAT decided to invite the rest of the 11 local councils from Selangor to sit in their meetings.
|MPK CAT team during a meeting|
The Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK) was the second council to form a CAT Committee after MBPJ.
|MBPJ's educational dog forum with YB Ronnie Liu|
The MPS came under strong attacks recently from animal groups including SPCA Selangor.
However an investigation partly through CAT discovered that it was lack of know-how and access to professionals that were the causes of cruelty in the pound.
|MBPJ's check on dog licenses and care for the animal|
However, we have not heard of the formation of such a group yet and can only hope that one will be set up as fast as possible.
"This issue will certainly be brought up at (today's) meeting in MPS," said Thanasayan.
The meeting will also include a visit to the MPS pound in Rawang.
|MBPJ's Education Exercise With Ipoh City Council|
Both MBPJ CAT and MPK CAT are strongly supported by Selangor Executive Councillors, YBs Dr A Xavier Jayakumar (Health) and Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew (Head of Local Councils).
A follow up report on this morning's session will be featured soon.
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