Volunteers rescue 100 canines, SPCA seeks funds for their upkeep

Ong (left) and Lim looking at the puppies that were rescued from the illegal shelter in Machang Bubok.

VOLUNTEERS rescued more than 100 neglected canines from an illegal animal shelter in Machang Bubok near Bukit Mertajam, Penang, after the operator was believed to have been detained by police.

Penang Hope of Strays (PHOS) founder Lim Shiang Mey said that upon receiving information about the operator’s detention, volunteers from PHOS and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Seberang Prai decided to help the dogs.

She said the animal shelter was in a bad condition.

All the rescued dogs, she said, were taken to the SPCA Seberang Prai animal centre in Juru, Bukit Mertajam.

SPCA Seberang Prai treasurer Richard Ong said the centre was sheltering about 1,600 canines, including those recently rescued.

“The monthly expenses at SPCA Seberang Prai are between RM40,000 and RM50,000 for the animals’ food, workers’ salaries and medical expenses,” he said.

“The centre also needs funds to feed the dogs that were rescued from the Machang Bubok animal shelter.

“It may come up to an additional RM7,000 per month to feed these new dogs,” Ong said when met at the SPCA Seberang Prai animal centre.

Responding to viral information on social media that the rescued dogs would be euthanised, he said it was not true.

“All the dogs are healthy and one of the females had given birth to four puppies on the day they were rescued but only three survived,” he added.

Those wishing to contribute, can call Ong at 017-470 3383, SPCA Seberang Prai office at 017-476 8660 or bank into SPCA Seberang Prai’s OCBC account number 731-123206-7.

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