SIBU: A new body called Sibu Animal Rescue Services has been set up by a group of animal lovers to help stray animals.
According to a councillor of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC), Yek Hock Yin, who spoke at the recent council meeting, the group had approached him for a piece of land which the council could allocate it to care for stray dogs.
“They requested that SMC set aside a piece of land of about one acre for them to handle stray dogs,” he said.
Yek said the group had at one time went to the council depot where stray dogs were kept and felt that the environment there was not suited for stray dogs.
“Normally when nobody claims these dogs after they were caught from the street, the council disposes of them. This group wants to adopt the dogs. It is a good initiative which we should support,” he added.
In reply, council secretary Hii Chang Kee said the council did not have land for such purpose.
“We have open space in residential areas but if we allow the group to occupy it, it will cause noise nuisance and people will complain,” he said.
He suggested that the group forward its application to the Land and Survey Department. – By ANDY CHUA