SUBANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) is encouraging dog lovers to adopt stray dogs from its in-house pound.
Its president Noraini Roslan said there were currently 20 dogs under its care.
“We can accommodate up to 30 dogs.
“The adoption rate is low at the moment, and we hope people will adopt the strays from our pound.
“We take a long time to decide if the dogs will be put to sleep, and this will be a big cost on us too,” she said after chairing the council’s full board meeting yesterday.
Noraini said that the state government provided training to relevant MPSJ staff to capture and handle stray dogs in a more humane way.
From the techniques learned from experts at a workshop last year, Noraini said MPSJ could implement 75% of the guidelines to capture stray dogs within the municipality.
“The dogs sometimes put up a struggle when we catch them, so we need stable and suitable cages, and it also depends on the size of the dogs as well.
“We try our best not to hurt the animals,” she said.
MPSJ Health Department director Dr Roslan Mohamed Hussin said the council was collaborating with Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Veterinary Medicine Faculty for the stray dogs to undergo rabies checks.
He said as of August, MPSJ caught about 100 stray dogs.
Since the beginning of 2020, there were nine incidents of people bitten by stray dogs in the municipality.
As for dengue cases in the municipality, Dr Roslan said as of Sept 26, there were 5,504 cases reported.
The hotspots include Bukit Puchong flats.
The public is advised to spend at least 10 minutes a week to rid their premises of mosquito breeding grounds.
This was MPSJ’s last full board meeting as a municipal council. On Oct 19, after 22 years, the city status inauguration will take place at Dewan Jubilee Perak at the State Secretariat building in Shah Alam.
The declaration will be officiated by the Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.