I would like to respond to the letter “Stray Dogs a Nuisance” which appeared in Metro Perak on the Jan 21.
I do voluntary work for a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that deals with the welfare of cats and dogs and I know about the dogs in Chateau Garden as they have been in that area for some time.
The NGOs that deal with stray dogs and cats are involved in a programme called Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) and those dogs were part of this programme.
The dogs in the area had been neutered and released back. We also have people who have been managing and feeding these dogs for some time.
Some of the dogs have been there for a few years and as the writer said in her letter, she saw this happen last year as well.
From what I know, the dogs do not attack or bite people but if you approach a dog waving a stick or an umbrella it is expected that the dog may react under these circumstances.
The dogs generally just need food and water and a place to sleep but I can understand that people do not want them outside their gates. So this is when the abuse starts and they are vilified as ferocious animals.
These dogs belonged to someone at one time but there seems to be a culture of dumping dogs when they get too big, too expensive to feed and of course, when there are veterinarian bills to pay.
As the writer of the letter said, the howling is probably due to the dog pining for its owner. More owner responsibility is definitely a requirement. Ipoh City Council take note.
Anyway, I guess she will not have this problem for much longer as her letter has probably signed their death warrants with the council.
Noahs Ark Animal Welfare Ipoh