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Tuesday September 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday September 24, 2013 MYT 7:34:16 AM
KAJANG: A video clip showing two stray dogs yelping in pain and bleeding as workers from the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) dragged the animals on the road and then threw them into a truck has gone viral.
The incident at Bandar Rinching in Semenyih, about 9km from here, was recorded by a volunteer of the Malaysian Independent Animal Rescue (MIAR) group on Saturday morning and uploaded on its Facebook page the same day.
The reaction to the video has been strong, with many voicing anger at the alleged mistreatment.
MIAR president T. Puspa said since the video was uploaded, she has had messages from as far as Europe from people wanting to know what has since happened to the dogs.
Puspa suggested that softer hooks should be used to replace the ones currently in use, “which could break a dog’s neck and choke it as it is dragged on the road”.
She also proposed that the Government give more land to local councils to set up shelters for dogs.
“I hope people who see this video will be more proactive in spaying dogs. We need to take preventive measures or brutality like this will continue,” she said.
Puspa alleged that captured dogs were often left in the truck for days without food and water.
“It becomes ugly inside the truck as puppies get eaten alive by other dogs who go mad from the confinement and hunger,” she said, claiming that MPKj has no proper pound for captured dogs.
MIAR volunteer Theeban Govindasamy, 23, who video taped the incident, said: “I asked the workers why they couldn’t capture the dogs in a humane way. All they said was that they were just doing their job.”
MPKj public relations head Kamarul Izlan Sulaiman said the council has its standard operating procedures (SOP) for catching dogs.
“On that day, MIAR made it difficult for our workers and the situation became out of control. Our workers were provoked and it made catching the dogs difficult.”
Kamarul Izlan also denied allegations that the animals were mistreated.
“All captured dogs are put in a special place and we give them food and water. I have photographs to show this,” he said.
Both MPKj and MIAR have lodged police reports on the incident.
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