Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Alleged Threat By Local Council On Responsible Dog Owner

I RECEIVED a rather unusual call today.

It was from a responsible pet owner who is clearly being targeted by her irate neighbour.

The latter had called the local council to complain about her young German Shepherd Dog and a Rottweiler.

The "council" had made at least three visits to her home over the past 10 months. The first time was to check if her pets were licensed, which they were.

The latest - today - came with a threat. She wasn't at home but a message was passed to her tenant demanding her to get a letter from a government veterinarian declaring that her dogs will never bite anyone.

If she didn't comply, they would be back in two days, confiscate the dogs and put them to sleep.

Mind you, today is a public holiday in KL. I'm surprised that she got a visit from the council on such a day. The council can visit homes on holidays but it must be serious cases.

Furthermore, both her dogs are fully licensed and taken out only on a leash. I hear it is very hard for councils to remove dogs once they are licensed unless they are a danger and health hazard to the public.

Also the "warning" was only verbal instead of a notice - which makes things very suspicious.

I advised the caller to make a police report within 24 hours. Contact the local council tomorrow and talk directly to the head of licensing or health which canines are usually under.

Let's see what happens.

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