Sunday, May 15, 2011

Petpositive Against Animal Abuse

Sunday May 15, 2011

Activists lodge reports over dog cruelty

PETALING JAYA: Over 30 reports have been lodged in several police stations nationwide against the Batu Pahat Municipal Council by activists who were horrified by the cruel manner in which a dog was euthanised.

The reports were made in Petaling Jaya, Bagan Ajam and Mak Mandin (Butterworth), and Skudai and Batu Pahat stations in Johor.

The animal welfare groups involved are Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) Selangor, Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better Penang and H.O.P.E Johor.

A video uploaded on YouTube on May 8 showed the council workers handling the dog in a rough manner.

Subsequently, the council found that the video was recorded last year but it has nevertheless begun a probe into the matter.

The clip is no longer available on YouTube.

MDDB Selangor coordinator Christine Lai, 49, said people were enraged over the incident and wanted the Johor government to censure the council.

She said animal welfare groups also wanted to know whether the person who had administered the injection on the dog was qualified for the job.

“Is he a veterinarian or a veterinary technician?” Lai asked.

About 10 people, some from the Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive), also lodged a report against the council at the Petaling Jaya police station.

Its representative Lynn Wong said she was outraged when she saw the video.

“I was horrified by the way the council workers caught the dog, strangled and then injected it,” she said.

Batu Pahat district CID chief Deputy Supt Che Mahazan Che Aik confirmed police had received the reports.

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