Caught on video: A man, believed to be a council enforcement officer, putting the carcass of a stray dog into a plastic bag after the dog was put down at a warehouse in Jalan Makmur, Skudai.
JOHOR BARU: Johor Baru Central Municipal Council (MPJBT) president Sallehuddin Hassan described the bludgeoning of stray dogs to death with metal rods by enforcement officers as a “terrible mistake”.
A video clip of the staff inhumanely putting down the dogs at the back of a warehouse in Jalan Makmur, Skudai, has gone viral online.
Admitting that plainclothes enforcement officers were responsible for the brutal slaying of the dogs, he said the council would take up the matter seriously.
“We will review the standard operating procedure to put stray dogs to sleep humanely,” he said.
“We will also look into the possibilities of outsourcing the job (catching of stray dogs) to professional dog catchers.”
People living near the MPJBT warehouse said they had heard the dogs howling in pain.
P. Devika, 36, said that she heard dogs barking and sometimes growling as if they were fighting.
“I never thought that they were being inhumanely killed until I saw the video on Facebook,” she said.
G. Suhanthan, 28, who took the video, said he witnessed the incident last Thursday.
“I was shocked by the cruelty,” said the real estate agent.
“I could hear the dogs crying in pain and blood spilling all over the place,” he said.
“I took out my mobile phone and recorded the slayings which lasted for about 20 minutes.”