KUALA LUMPUR: The owner of the dog which attacked and killed a jogger in Subang Jaya on Tuesday has been fined RM1,000 for negligence by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).
MPSJ deputy corporate director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said the owner was found to have been negligent in looking after the dog as required under licensing by-laws.
“Although the dog was licensed, the owner allowed the animal to roam freely outside his premises,” he said.
The dog attacked and killed Yip Sun Wah, 74, while he was jogging in SS19 Subang Jaya.
Subang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Yahaya Ramli said no action would be taken against the dog, which is now under the custody of the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), until police complete investigations into the case.
He said they were waiting for the post-mortem and DVS reports on the incident.
Canine welfare group Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better rescue coordinator Irene Low urged the authorities to step up efforts to prevent restricted and banned breeds from being sold to the public.
Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals called on the veterinary department to impose strict guidelines on the care and treatment of restricted dogs.
Among the recommended guidelines were for the dogs to be immediately neutered, not be caged or chained for more than four hours each day and to be provided proper obedience training.
“The DVS must also hold breeders and shops selling such breeds accountable,” it said in a statement.
DVS director-general Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin said his enforcement unit would check on all pet shops to see if they were selling banned and restricted dogs.
He had said that restricted breeds were not suitable as household pets and were only meant for the use of military and enforcement agencies.