Council orders animal lover to close down shelter for dogs in 14 days

Kenken Jong (right) given 14 days by the council to close down her dog shelter at Kampung Bagan Belat.

THE clock is ticking for more than 100 rescued stray dogs under Kenken Jong’s care after the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) instructed her to close down her shelter within two weeks.

The 60-year-old company manager, who runs the shelter in Kampung Bagan Belat in Teluk Ayer Tawar, Butterworth, said about 20 MPSP officers came to the shelter on Monday, on the pretext of conducting a dengue inspection.

“I later discovered that some of them were dog catchers and Health Department personnel who took some water samples.

“One of them then tried to loop some of the dogs but I prevented them from doing so.

“The officer-in-charge then told me that I had until Oct 26 to evict all the dogs or they would break down my gate and issue me with a summons,” she said when met yesterday at the shelter which runs under the Facebook profile ‘Bworth Fur Kids Home’.

Jong said she needed more time to set up her new shelter on a plot which she recently purchased in Juru, Bukit Mertajam.

“Setting up a dog shelter is not an overnight job as the new shelter needs fencing and proper structures,” she said.

“A contractor quoted me RM60,000 for the fencing and RM90,000 for some land works but with my limited funds, raising the required amount will take more than two weeks.

“I’ve already exhausted my Employees Provident Fund savings and I need at least RM7,000 a month to maintain the shelter.”

Jong explained that her quest to provide care for stray animals started about five years ago.

“My sister handed me a cat to care for while she went for a holiday.

“Since then, I’ve felt that dogs and cats deserve the best care we can give them,” she said.

Jong hoped that the council would give her more time and work with her as she was willing to help them to house the dogs they had caught.

“They must understand that I’m doing all this to help society.

“Last week, I took in 20 dogs during the rabies culling and one of the dogs gave birth to seven puppies.

“I’ll be sending an appeal letter to ask for more time to move out,” she said.

Those wishing to help or adopt a dog from Jong can contact her at 012-4766868.

Council president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif, when contacted, said the operation was held after two confirmed dengue cases were reported in the area.

“When our officers arrived, they counted 71 dogs in the compound which was shut off from public view by a big gate.

“Checks revealed that the dogs were unlicensed.

“We also found mosquito larvae in the compound so Health Department officers issued the owner with a one-week notice under the Destruction Of Disease Bearing Insect Act 1975.

“A two-week notice was also issued for causing a public nuisance under Section 82 of Local Government Act 1976 as we had received numerous complaints from the neighbours about foul smells and barking in the night,” she said.

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