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Published: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 7:23:46 AM

Pets a big responsibility, public reminded

Abandoned: Those who get tired of caring for their pets contribute to the increasing stray population. -filepic

Abandoned: Those who get tired of caring for their pets contribute to the increasing stray population. -filepic

CHRISTMAS is fast approaching and it is the season for presents.

With this in mind, pet stores are luring customers with puppies with wagging tails and melting eyes.

However, caring for a dog is a huge responsibility.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Health and Environment Depart-ment director Dr Chitra N. Vadivellu said many who bought pets as gifts for their children did not realise this.

“After some time, the children grow tired of caring for their pets and abandon them, increasing the stray population.

“This is wrong. That is why adults must ensure that if they buy pets, they must care for them well,” she said, adding that most times the abandoned dogs were not neutered.

She said from January to October this year, 936 new dog licences were issued, with the population for this year recorded at 6,684 dogs.

The number of registered dogs in Petaling Jaya is now 21,793.

“All those registered are issued licences provided the animals are vaccinated to ensure that they have no rabies virus,” she said.

Rabies is a disease caused by a virus and is transmitted from animals to humans through infected saliva.

Dr Chitra said the two popular dog breeds were German Shep-herds and Rottweilers.

Tags / Keywords: Central Region, Family & Community, Family & Community, Dogs, puppies, MBPJ, Christmas

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