A Chihuahua, one of the smallest dog breeds, as well as three pedigree cats were seized by the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) from two apartments in Taman Bidara, Batu Caves, after neighbours lodged complaints of the animals being a nuisance.
MPS councillor Mohd Kassim Packiry said residents living at Casa Mila and Casa Victoria apartments lodged numerous complaints since April of their neighbours keeping pets in their units, and it was a nuisance.
“On receiving the complaints, MPS carried out an investigation and recorded feedback from other neighbours.
“Based on the input, we found that residents were upset with the Chihuahua’s incessant barking while the cats were allowed to roam the corridors,” he said.
Mohd Kassim added that the dog and three cats from various apartment units were seized because occupants in high-rises were not allowed to keep pets in their apartments.
“In the first week of June, MPS gave verbal warnings. Some owners relocated their pets while others did not heed MPS’ advise.
“The council was forced to issue six notices on the second week of June to the pet owners under Section 82 (11) of the Local Government Act 1976,” he said.
Mohd Kassim, who is the councillor for the area, advised people living in apartments not to keep pets such as cats and dogs as they would become a nuisance to the neighbours.
MPS Corporate Communications Department deputy director Fauzi Ahmad Ishak said the owner of the Chihuahua was fined RM500 for the offence. After paying a discounted rate of RM400, he was able to claim the dog.
“As for the pedigree cats, the owners have yet to claim their pets. MPS will impose a charge of RM10 for each day a cat is kept in its care,” he said.