STRAY dogs caught in Petaling Jaya will be treated with love and care while being transported to the PAWS Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Subang.
Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) now has an air-conditioned van equipped with a ramp and six cages to transport the canines caught.
Mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said stray dogs deserved to be treated with love and care while being transported to PAWS for shelter.
“Our councillor Anthony Thanasayan had proposed the idea to have an air-conditioned van with a ramp and six individual cages.
“On receiving the proposal, the council modified a van for this purpose,” he said.
Thanasayan said it was high time the council had an air-conditioned van to transport the dogs as opposed to the lorries that exposed the canines to rain and hot weather.
“Stray dogs must be taken care of well for them to recover from shock and even wounds.
“The six cages for each dog will keep the animals from fighting with one another and from passing on diseases during transportation,” he said.
Thanasayan said the van driver would be told to drive within a certain speed limit so as not to hurt the dogs.
“MBPJ now has two workers to handle the dogs but we plan to train more.
“Dogs caught will be handed to PAWS within the same day and not kept overnight at the council’s premises,” he said.
Thanasayan said he hoped the blue and red van would change the misconception of the public, in particular animal lovers, on how local councils cared for stray dogs.