Stray dogs: Town seeks animal lovers’ help
The Batu Pahat Municipal Council reacts to criticism of its dog catching method.PETALING JAYA: The Batu Pahat Municipal Council today invited animal lovers to help it clear the streets of stray dogs.
According to council president Sallehuddin Hassan, Batu Pahat’s stray dog problem is so bad that dog catching has had to be outsourced; the council lacks the manpower to handle all the complaints it receives.
“Right now, we are paying contractors RM40 for a stray dog,” he told FMT. “So if animal lovers can come up with a better method, I welcome them. Come and see us. They can’t just complain.”
The council considers even a licensed dog a stray if it is found outside the premises of its owner.
Sallehuddin was responding to criticism that dog catchers in Batu Pahat did their job with cruelty. The criticisms came after the posting of a YouTube video showing dog catchers in action.
The clip is also making the rounds of Facebook, but was removed from YouTube after it was flagged as inappropriate.
Sallehuddin said most of the complaints that the council received about stray dogs were about the noise they made and the aggression some of them displayed.
“If we don’t take appropriate action, the public will be mad at us,” he said.
Asked if he thought catching dogs with a snare and putting them down with an injection was inhuman and violent, he said: “That is the method. Whether it is violent or not, that is subjective and up to the perspectives of individuals.”
The Malaysian Animal Welfare Society has decried the incident shown in the video.
“The continued barbarism displayed by many councils is a blatant product of the government’s inhuman and callous attitude toward animals,” it said in a statement.
It asked the Department of Veterinary Services and the police to use the law against the council, which it described as “ruthless”.
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