A TOTAL of eight stray dogs were found poisoned near Falim in Menglembu.
Seven of the dogs were found foaming from their mouths on Thursday, while one was found dead in a drain in the area on Saturday.
Ipoh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) president Ricky Soong said the inhumane act was unacceptable and hoped people would stop doing such despicable acts.
“On Thursday, we actually found nine stray dogs but managed to save two.
“And on Saturday, we believe the dog we found tried to run away after being fed with poison and fell into the drain,” he said.
“We understand that some people may have wanted to protect themselves or their family members from stray animals, but killing the dogs is wrong and it’s not the answer,” he said, adding that the dogs have been buried.
“It is unfortunate that people have resorted to taking the lives of these creatures.”
Soong said there were also people who were showed compassion towards stray animals and fed them regularly.
“I have spoken to many of them about their kindness and caring gesture.
“However, instead of just feeding them, I urge them to bring these animals to be neutered and spayed. But they said they do not want to spend money to do so,” he said.
Soong said stray dogs, if left unchecked, could reproduce fast.
“For example, if there are two stray dogs in a housing area, within five to six years, the population could increase to up to 12,000.
“We have just recently started a Track, Neuter and Release (TNR) programme and will conduct a study on its feasibility,” he said, adding that the programme aimed to reduce the number of stray animals in the city.
“I understand that the Ipoh City Council is keen to work with us on the programme and we will submit a detailed report and proposal to them later,” he said.
On the spaying and neutering efforts, Soong said awareness among the people was increasing.
“Many are already taking their pets or stray animals they are caring for to be spayed and neutered.
“We sincerely hope that more people will do so.
“It will be useless if only we and other animal welfare groups do it, without support from the people,” he said.