Thursday, April 07, 2016

Spare a thought to strays

Letter to the Editor, The Star

THE report, “Mall security guard allegedly bashes street dog to death” (Sunday Star, April 3), was a terrible and tragic piece of news.

What happened to the poor stray animal should serve as a lesson to all of us. All dogs belong in a loving home, not on the streets where each day is a life of suffering and survival of the fittest for them.

They should never become statistics of road kills, or be poisoned by residents because a local council didn’t act on time to remove them. They should never be put in a situation where they become a nuisance or a danger to others, especially to vulnerable groups like children, the disabled or the elderly in parks and other public places.

It is not right to blame children or anyone else when stray dogs attack them. That is what dogs do when they end up in packs and are left to make jungle decisions for themselves.

This is why we should appreciate the dogcatchers from our local councils. They have the dangerous task of removing strays from the streets to protect human beings as well as the animals.

Animal welfare NGOs should work with the local councils to ensure that they perform their tasks in a humane way instead of inflicting more cruelty on the innocent animals they capture.

Each dog should be kept for at least seven days in their respective local pounds and then put up for adoption.

For those that are left behind, let’s be realistic: It is better to put them down painlessly than to send them back to a slow, painful and hellish life on the streets.


Kuala Lumpur

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