Dog owners urged to keep even their vaccinated pets away from rabies-infected areas

IPOH: Pet owners are advised not to bring dogs into Taiping and Bukit Gantang, which have been gazetted as rabies-infected areas, says Department of Veterinary Service (DVS) director Dr Ahmad Shafri Hassan.

He said pet owners are advised not to do so even if they have licences or have vaccinated their pets.

“The gazette on both areas as rabies-infected areas is still being enforced and has yet to change.

“Dog owners in both areas are also not allowed to bring out their pets to other areas unless they have the permission of the state DVS.

“This is to prevent the disease from spreading to other areas.

“Under the Animal Act 153 (Act 647), any individuals found moving animals without the permission could be fined not more than RM5,000 or three months’ jail or both,” he said in a statement on Feb 5.

On Jan 14, Taiping and Bukit Gantang were gazetted as rabies-infected areas following a report on Dec 31 whereby two family members at Taman Sri Kota Phase 2 in Taiping were bitten by their pets.

Ahmad Shafri said since the surveillance started, the DVS has conducted tests on 5,419 dogs and 958 cats in Taiping and Bukit Gantang.

“Some 20,943 members of the public were informed about the danger of rabies and told what they need to do if they were attacked or bitten by dogs,” he said.

To date, 4,262 pet dogs within a 10km radius of the gazetted areas have been vaccinated.