THE Negri Sembilan government is urged to allocate land to set up dog shelters in every district in the state.The call comes following reports that 3,921 strays had been caught and put to sleep over the past three years.
Jeram Padang assemblyman Datuk L. Manickam said based on a written reply he received at the state assembly sitting, 330 strays were caught and put to sleep in 2018,1, 464 in 2019 and 2,127 so far this year.
He said the strays deserved better treatment.
“Putting them to sleep should not be an option to deal with the problem.”
He said there was no justification in getting rid of strays in such an inhumane manner, adding that the 13 reports on people being bitten by dogs since 2018 did not warrant such drastic action.
“I have written to the Mentri Besar and state urban wellbeing, housing and local government and new village committee chairman Teo Kok Seong, requesting for a 2.02ha reserve plot be allocated in every district so that we can effectively deal with the problem of stray dogs.
“We can build shelters away from residential areas and get non-governmental organisations to manage them, ” he said.
Manickam said those who could no longer care for their pets could send them to the shelters rather than abandon them.
He said animal lovers were prepared to care and provide for the dogs as long as they had a proper place and some financial aid from the state government.
The matter, he said, must be dealt with urgently as handling of strays had become a sensitive issue.
“There are some who are against killing the animals and some who are for it.
“Let us put our differences aside and resolve this matter in the best interests of the animals, ” he said.
Earlier, Teo said the state government had identified a plot of land that could be used as a shelter-cum-trap-neuter-release centre.
He said the government was collaborating with an NGO to find solutions to the stray problem in the state.
Teo also pledged to help the NGO raise funds to build the new centre as soon as possible.
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