3,000 dogs vaccinated against rabies over the weekend

A large number of pet owners turned up for the free vaccination.

A large number of pet owners turned up for the free vaccination.

MIRI: About 3,000 dogs were vaccinated here as city folk played their part to contain the rabies outbreak.

In total, 2,923 dogs were vaccinated at three temporary locations set up here by the Veterinary Services Department (DVS).

The three centres were in Lutong (basketball court), Piasau Jaya (Bulatan Park) and the Riam area (Taman Awam).

Pet owners interviewed said they no longer allow their dogs out from their compound to prevent the disease from spreading.

“I used to walk my dog around the neighbourhood but now I am too scared to take him out.

“I want to do whatever I can to stop rabies from spreading here,” said Lena Cai who took her dog to be vaccinated on Saturday.

Meanwhile, pet owners can now get their animals vaccinated at the DVS office in Pelita Commercial Centre during office hours.

Sarawak Tourism Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said this when visiting the makeshift vaccination centres.

“Miri City Council would like the public to extend their full cooperation to prevent rabies from spreading further,” he said.

The number of stray dogs caught from July 2017 until Oct 4 were 1,506.

The city council has also set up three dog catching teams

Stray dogs which had been caught, neutered and released will be referred to non-governmental organisations. The NGOs will have to keep the dogs in their own shelters. — ANSOVINA CHAI

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