Shelter with 100 dogs appeals for more time to relocate

Jong (right), who owns the Bworth Fur Kids Home dogs shelter in Teluk Air Tawar, having a discussion with her committee members (from left) Ng Chea Wei, Chaw Pick Tiw, Ooi Ai Yong, Sammi Tan, Hanna Tan and Tan Ying Jie after the press conference in Butterworth.

THE owner of the dog shelter in Teluk Air Tawar in north Seberang Prai, Penang, will need at least six months before she can move her 100 dogs into a new temporary site in Juru, Bukit Mertajam.

Company manager Kenken Jong, 60, who runs the shelter in Kampung Bagan Belat, said she submitted the relocation plans to the Seberang Prai Municipal Council on Thursday and is now waiting for the green light.

“My father has donated a 1.2acre piece of land for me to use in Juru, but construction work will take about six months to complete from the date of approval.

“The new shelter is a temporary plan and will only to take up about a quarter of the total land size.

“The temporary shelter will have a free running space for the dogs, fencing, a manhole for waste management and elevated ground,” she said during a press conference in Butterworth on Saturday.

Jong said overall, the project on the entire plot of land would take at least two years to complete.

Also present was state Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh.

“The present two shelters housing the dogs in Jalan Raja Uda and Teluk Air Tawar have received a lot of complaints over the years.

“Under normal circumstances, action would have been taken a long time ago, but it was not the case because we have to consider the dogs and also the neighbourhood.

“If we were to close down the centres, where are we to send the dogs to?” he asked.

Phee, who is also Sungai Puyu assemblyman, said that the owner had already written in officially to the the authorities asking for an extension.

“And I have already endorsed it. I’ll take full responsibility for asking for more time.

“We need to build a proper home for the dogs, not a prison. The dogs must be able to walk freely and mix around,” Phee said.

On Oct 12, Jong's shelter which goes by the Facebook profile of ‘Bworth Fur Kids Home’ was issued a one-week notice under the Destruction Of Disease Bearing Insect Act 1975 and also slapped with a two-week notice by the council and the state Health Department under Section 82 of Local Government Act 1976.

The council also found mosquito larvae in the compound during a routine check.

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