No action against dog catchers


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 08 May 2004

SHAH ALAM: The Shah Alam City Council will not be taking legal action against a dog-catching company that allegedly made false claims to the council on the number of strays caught. 

A spokesman from the council's temporary animal shelter in Section 17, Shah Alam, said: “We do not have any real evidence that the firm had actually committed fraud as proof of canine captures were made based on photographs submitted. Some of the photographs looked like they were of the same dog taken from different angles but we cannot be sure.” 

It was reported that the company allegedly claimed to have caught more than 30 dogs per day at a rate of RM60 per dog before the council terminated its services.  

The council has appointed another outfit Vet Fine but it has yet to start work due to “technical problems.”  

Council health department director Roslan Fadzil also denied a report that the new company would have to show proof of every kill by producing the dogs’ tails. 

“What we have planned is that in the future, our officers will be on hand to do a body count which will be followed by a photo submission of the bodies,” Roslan said. 

The chairman of the Selangor branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Christine Chin said local councils should not pay contractors on a per-dog-caught basis as the system was easily abused.  

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