THE public is advised not to bring home dogs from Taiping and Bukit Gantang during the Chinese New Year holidays, to prevent rabies from spreading.
Perak Veterinary Services Department (JPV) director Dr Ahmad Shafri Hassan said the Larut Matang and Selama district were gazetted as rabies-infected areas on Jan 14, and until today, the order had not been lifted.
“All parties should continue to take precautionary measures and are not allowed to bring out dogs from the gazetted areas namely Taiping and Bukit Gantang which have been declared rabies outbreak areas.
“If there is a necessity to take the dogs out, written permission must be obtained from the department’s director to prevent the spread of the disease,” Dr Ahmad Shafri said in a statement.
He said in collaboration with the police, Perak JPV has intensified efforts in carrying out road blocks and patrols to prevent attempts to transfer dogs out of rabies-infected areas.
Any person caught breaking the rule is liable to a fine not exceeding RM5,000 or jail not exceeding three months or both, as provided under Sub-section 39(1) of the Animals Act 1953 (Act 647), he added.
Dr Ahmad Shafri said dog owners should not allow their pets to roam freely without proper supervision, even if they have a licence or vaccine collar.
“Dogs found straying in rabies-infected areas could be culled by any party authorised by the Perak JPV director under the Animals Act 1953.”
Dr Ahmad Shafri said there were no signs that the disease had spread to areas bordering gazetted rabies-infected areas, including Kerian, Kuala Kangsar and Kinta districts, after samples were taken from strays in these areas.
He said the rabies outbreak in Taiping was under control and the number of strays found with rabies remained at four, as previously reported. — Bernama