Court reprieve for killer dogs in Penang
By CHRISTINA CHIN
GEORGE TOWN: A High Court here has granted a stay of execution of the magistrate court's order for the four pitbull-type dogs belonging to organic farm owner Joseph Teoh, 42, and his wife Teoh Bee Eng, 56, to be put to sleep.
Judicial Commissioner Mohd Amin Firdaus Abdullah granted the order after the couple's counsel Jerald Gomez filed an application here Monday.
On May 27, Penang Municipal Council president Patahiyah Ismail said the council would put down the dogs in accordance to the magistrate court's decision on April 4 when it fined the couple RM4,000 each for owning the dogs without licences.
She had said the dogs would be put to sleep by Tuesday.
The Teoh's had requested that two of the dogs, Yin and Kang, be spared as they were not involved in the fatal mauling of Irish tourist Maurice Sullivan, 51, at their farm on Jan 9.
They sent legal letters to MPPP and the Penang Veterinary Department in their bid to save the two dogs.
In the letter, the law firm representing the couple said Section 15 of the Minor Offence (Dogs) Penang Municipal Council 1977 and Section 38(6) of the Animal Act 1963 did not authorise any local authority to destroy the dogs as both were properly licensed.
Sullivan, a volunteer worker, had gone to the farm with a Polish friend to photograph organic plants when he was attacked by two of Teoh's dogs.
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