PETALING JAYA: The Veterinary Services Department (DVS) has started investigations into an incident where two Somali students allegedly threw a dog into a manhole in Cyberjaya last month.
The dog named Kanilla belonged to a Jordanian student who was away in his home country when the incident took place.
DVS director-general Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin said several measures would have to be taken before police were roped in to bring the culprits to book.
“We have to establish the authenticity of the video with the help of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC),” said Dr Abdul Aziz.
He said DVS was working with the Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to compile evidence against the alleged perpetrators.
“Our enforcement unit is compiling the necessary evidence and it is a difficult process,” he added.
According to Dr Abdul Aziz, the procedure would be similar to the investigations carried out in the case of the “Serdang Kitten Killer' Chow Xiao Wei.
Chow was charged in court for abusing three kittens at the Seri Kembangan market on Feb 19.
Her act was captured by a closed-circuit television and the clip was eventually uploaded on YouTube.
SPCA patron Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye urged DVS to hasten investigations, as what had happened was totally unacceptable.
“The perpetrators must be arrested and charged in court as their identities are already known.
Meanwhile, canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) is continuing with its nationwide exercise to lodge police reports against the perpetrators.
“Lodging police reports is one way of showing the authorities that the public is viewing this matter seriously,” said MDDB rescue coordinator Irene Low.
She urged more people to lodge reports at police stations in their respective areas and added that MDDB had provided a standard police report which is posted on its Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MalaysianDogsDeserveBetter