MELAKA: Following a viral message of remorse from a purported dog-catcher, Melaka Housing, Local Government and Environment committee chairman Datuk Tey Kok Kiew (pic) says the state does not condone the cruel culling of strays.
He said the Melaka Historic City Council (MBMB) manages a dog pound and treats dogs humanely by offering strays for adoption without killing them.
“We understand that the pound managed by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals (SPCA) is full, so MBMB shelters the dogs at its own facility here.
“I am sure the dog-catcher who supposedly sent out the message is not from Melaka, although many locals had received it,” he said Tuesday (March 12).
Tey said caretakers are employed to look after the stray dogs, providing them with food and cleaning the animals.
“There are standard operating procedures (SOPs) for catching stray dogs and, so far, there have been no reports of malpractice or indiscriminate culling of strays in the state,” he said, adding that the four local authorities in the state received 500 complaints on stray and abandoned dogs from January to August 2018, and 742 complaints throughout 2017.
He said there were 25 cases of vicious dog attacks from January to August, 2018 and 33 victims were bitten by strays in 2017.
Tey said the culling of dogs was only done by the State Veterinary Services Department and not by the local authorities.
In the viral WhatsApp message, the purported dog-catcher lamented his act of bludgeoning to death hundreds of strays, including puppies.
The sender said he decided to resign from the local authority recently after two years of working as a dog-catcher without divulging where he had worked.
He also made a compassionate plea to all dog-catchers in the country to refrain from clubbing strays.
He also wrote that he had had a string of bad luck since becoming a dog-catcher, including his two children being born deformed and having breathing difficulties.
He attributed this to his own cruelty, adding that many of his colleagues had suffered the same fate, and warned other dog-catchers not to be cruel.
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