Review of Animal Shelters in Selangor is timely, says Lee Lam Thye


THE timely review of standard operating procedures (SOP) in council-run animal shelters by the Selangor government is hoped to prevent further cases of animal mistreatment, said social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

Lee, who is also a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor patron, said the directive by the state would effectively ensure that proper guidelines were in place and adhered to look after the animals’ welfare.

"The concerns expressed by Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin sends a powerful message to the state, in particular to local councils, to review its handling of strays.

"Selangor should take the lead and set a good example of how animal shelters should be run and managed," he said.

He added that responsible ownership was also important to address the long-term issue of stray animals.

"I also urge the federal government to take an active and serious view on this issue as it is a nationwide problem."

Lee was commenting on recent reports of abandoned dogs neglected at a dog shelter managed by Kuala Langat Municipal Council (MDKL).

On Jan 12, it was reported that Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin had directed authorities, especially the municipal councils, to improve and upgrade management procedures at dog and cat shelters under their jurisdiction.

Selangor Local Government Committee chairman Ng Sze Han said that based on this case, all local authorities in the state had been ordered to review, evaluate and update the SOP in all animal shelters operated by the local councils to ensure the welfare of the animals.

He said that SOP practices would be tabled at the state government for review, better improvement and to ensure the measures taken were standardised.

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