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Published: Friday May 16, 2014 MYT 12:14:00 PM
Updated: Friday May 16, 2014 MYT 4:06:21 PM

Arrowed dog dies of severe tick fever

PETALING JAYA: The stray dog that was shot with two arrows by a man in Balakong on Tuesday has succumbed to tick fever at a veterinarian clinic that was treating it.

"It succumbed to severe tick fever and we are truly shattered upon hearing the news," Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) said Friday on its Facebook page.

"The vet tried everything possible - it was just too weak and too traumatised," said MDDB, who had adopted the canine after the incident and named her Brianna.

"This was a very, very sick dog - and Brianna's condition was further aggravated by the trauma of being shot at," it said.

The man who shot the dog with two arrows said he had acted on impulse to protect his three children.

Kajang OCPD ACP Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab said police had wrapped up investigations and had forwarded the case papers to Bukit Aman, although he doubted the man would be charged.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the veterinarian who treated the dog said it was already sick when it was brought in.

"The results from the blood tests we took when the dog came in showed that it had a quarter of the normal blood volume dogs should have.

"The dog's condition was weak, sickly and malnourished. It had been abandoned for some time."

He added that dog was a Rottweiler cross-breed. Rottweilers are known to be big and intimidating dogs.

"I can understand that the man was trying to protect his family, but shooing a dog is not okay. That shouldn't have been done," said the veterinarian, who did not want to be named.

"The former owner of the dog should be held accountable," he added.

Tags / Keywords: Court and crime, community, dogs, MDDB

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