JOHOR BARU: A holding centre costing RM10mil will be built here to house abandoned cars and stray dogs, says Johor Baru Central Municipal Council president Dr Badrul Hisham Kassim.
The council has identified a 1.6ha plot of land in Taman Impian Emas here for the centre, which is expected to start operations next year.
“We are planning to construct a multi-storey car storage facility to temporarily store cars abandoned by the roadside or near residential areas.
“We will also build a temporary dog shelter on the same plot of land to overcome the growing number of stray dogs in the area,” he told reporters after a town hall session here yesterday.
Dr Badrul revealed that 20% of public complaints were related to stray dogs while up to 15% of reports were about abandoned vehicles.
He, however, pointed out that the municipal council would only temporarily keep stray dogs at the shelter before being put to sleep, as the council would not be able to manage too many animals.
“We are working with a non-governmental organisation to find better ways to tackle the problem. Maybe the dogs will be able to find a new home,” he added.
Dr Badrul also said plans were underway to set up a call centre to receive complaints from the public on the two issues.
This will be the first such initiative carried out by a local council in Johor.
“The centre will be set up in the municipal council building and is expected to be manned by five officers during office hours.
“And we may consider extending it to 24 hours per day,” he said.
Dr Badrul said RM180,000 was allocated for the setting up of the centre.