SEREMBAN: The eight dogs captured by authorities from a farm in Lenggeng near here last month have been put down.
State Veterinary Department director Dr Azman Shah Abd Manap said the canines were euthanised after the farm owner denied the animals belonged to him.
“We had quarantined the dogs for up to two weeks and eventually decided to euthanise them as they were considered strays,” he said.
Dr Azman said the department had contacted the 51-year-old owner to verify whether the dogs belonged to him and “he said no”.
The eight dogs, which were taken to the Veterinary Services Depart-ment compound, were found to have not been vaccinated.
On April 25, contractors hired by the Nilai Municipal Council captured the eight healthy-looking dogs from the farm after two other canines, believed to be from the same pack, had attacked three people earlier.
The attack on April 23 left a 50-year-old Indonesian with part of her scalp torn. A 44-year-old nasi lemak seller who went to her aid and a policeman who helped out were also attacked.
The two dogs were killed after the policeman went to the Lenggeng station and returned with a shotgun to shoot the animals.
On April 29, farm owner Lam Soon Seng pleaded guilty after being charged at a magistrate’s court with negligence concerning animals under his possession.
He was charged under Section 289 of the Penal Code which provides a jail term of up to six months or a fine of up to RM2,000.
The sentencing is due on June 11.
Dr Azman also said that it had not been verified whether the dogs were carrying any disease.
“We have sent samples taken from the animals to the lab. We are waiting for the results,” he added.