THE Ipoh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) is preparing a proposal for the Ipoh City Council to set up a temporary shelter for newly caught strays.
ISPCA president Ricky Soong said he would submit the proposal to the city council by the end of this month.
“The idea is to have a place to temporarily house stray animals caught by city council enforcement officers.
“The animals will then be neutered and be put up for adoption,” he said when contacted.
“Dogs that are too aggressive or sickly will be sent to the Veterinary Services Department to see what can be done,” he added.
Soong said the temporary shelter would be located near ISPCA’s current shelter off Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah.
“The temporary shelter is estimated to cost about RM300,000 and will accommodate about 100 dogs,” he said.
“We have land near our shelter and also manpower. We hope to work things out with the city council,” he added.
Soong said the temporary shelter was originally supposed to be set up on a piece of land near the Papan landfill.
However, ISPCA declined the piece of land offered by the city council in August 2020 due to its location.
“It’s too far from our current shelter and the telecommunication reception there is quite bad,” he said.
Perak local government committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi had in August 2020 reportedly said that the city council would allocate a plot near the Papan landfill to three animal welfare non-governmental organisations, namely ISPCA, Noah’s Ark Ipoh, and Mutts and Mittens.
During a separate press conference held after opening a grocery shop in Canning Garden on Friday, Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said the city council had given an allocation to the ISPCA to tackle the stray dog issue.
The city council was also thinking of adopting the trap-neuter-release-manage (TNRM) method in a bid to control the stray dog population in the city.