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Wednesday January 12, 2011

Animal shelter’s stock destroyed by flood

THE dogs and cats in the animal shelter at 6 1/2 mile Kuching-Serian road are in dire need of food as the shelter’s ration has been destroyed by flood.

Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) chairman Rebecca D’Cruz said the shelter could not relocate the food before the flood came.

Wet home: A dog stands in flood water at the animal shelter.

“We lost almost all our food stock. Only the canned foodstuffs were saved but since they were also wet, they have to be used up fast. Now the dogs are eating cat food,” she told StarMetro yesterday.

She said the shelter lost thousands of ringgit worth of animal food - a major setback for the society. Since 10pm on Monday night, the shelter was inundated by three feet of water following continuous heavy rainfall.

“All the dogs were standing in water and we had to put them on top of their cages and some were even moved to the room on the upper floor of the shelter,” she said.

Rebecca said the shelter was often flooded following rapid development in the surrounding areas, adding that when developers raised the surrounding land, the shelter ended up being on lower ground.

SSPCA has had several meetings with the Government, and Housing and Urban Development Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg had even agreed in principle for the state to relocate the shelter.

“However, two years have passed and still nothing is done,” she said

She said the shelter needed to be further away from residential and commercial centres as the animals could get a little noisy. Health issues is another consideration.

The shelter now has 227 animals - 83 dogs and 144 cats.

“We hope the Government would look into our problem. The flood not only des-troyed the rations but caused stress to the animals.

“You need to understand that the animals are already weak because some of them were abuse victims. Aside from that, the flood also caused the spread of infection from a sick animal to the others,” Rebecca explained.

Although there were cases in the past, this time around no animals drowned in the flood as they were quickly relocated.

Due to the extensive damage caused by the flood, the shelter is now closed until further notice.

SSPCA is calling for more volunteers to help clean up the shelter and assist in its operations particularly during the Chinese New Year celebration.

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