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(From left) Vicneswary, Tan, Quah, Jesvinder and Marshall showing the rescued puppies.
PETALING JAYA: Canine advocacy took on a happy ending when several people “confiscated” eight mixed-breed and two pedigree puppies from deplorable living conditions at two locations.
In the first community rescue effort, several women confiscated six puppies that were being offered for sale at RM100 each at a night market in Taman Desa, Old Klang Road, on Friday.
Yesterday, another group confiscated two mixed-breed and two miniature pinscher puppies from being sold at a pet shop in Old Town, Petaling Jaya.
All four puppies were kept in deplorable conditions. One four-month-old dog could not even stand up straight after being kept in a small cage all its life.
Both cases were highlighted on canine welfare and advocacy group Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better’s (MDDB) Facebook page.
MDDB rescue coordinator Irene Low said that only public intervention could stop the cruel treatment of puppies by unscrupulous traders.
She added that there was a high chance that the puppies sold at night markets, wet markets and shops were meant for the pot.
The first incident was highlighted by Kimberley Marshall, who chanced upon the puppies at the night market.
“I informed MDDB, which in turn asked the public to make a stand and confiscate the puppies,” said the 19-year-old who then rescued the puppies with her mother Jesvinder Kaur and another Taman Desa resident Monica Sivasamy, 42.
They handed the puppies over to the MDDB.
In the pet shop rescue, Marshall, and Jesvinder were joined by another mother-and-daughter pair Kelly Tan, 57, and Cherie Quah, 26, as well as independent rescuer Vicneswary Anthony, 31.
Company secretary Tan, who also fosters senior and injured dogs for MDDB, negotiated with the pet shop owner and convinced him that the right thing to do was to surrender the puppies to them.
Tan said both rescues were easy.
“There was no animosity or angry words exchanged,” she said. “Both vendors appeared to understand that what they were doing may not be legally wrong but morally unacceptable.”
All the confiscated puppies will be put up for adoption by MDDB.
For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/MalaysianDogsDeserveBetter.
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