MCA: Does council have licence to kill?

Seeking answers: Low (seated, right) holding up a copy of the police report as ISPCA volunteers look on at the Perak MCA headquarters.

IPOH: Perak MCA has questioned the Ipoh City Council’s standard operating procedure (SOP) used in the killing of a stray dog.

Its Public Service and Comp­laints bureau chief Low Guo Nan said under the Animal Welfare Act 2015, the council was barred from doing so.

“So, do the enforcement off­icers have a licence to kill? It is only proper for the council to explain in detail its SOP to the public.“We want to know who gave the orders for the operation. I have received many calls since the video went viral. I have also lodged a police report,” he told a press conference at the state MCA headquarters here yesterday.

Low was responding to the fatal shooting of a stray dog in Pengkalan Gate yesterday. A video of the incident has been widely circulated online.

Ipoh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals president Ricky Soong said he had checked with an enforcement officer about the shooting and was told that the dog was a nuisance to villagers.

He said the council officer told him that the dog had been chasing motorcyclists, as well as biting goats belonging to the villagers.

“He also informed me that the officers first tried to catch the dog using a net, but it ran away,’’ Soong said, adding that the council should not have used such a drastic approach.

In a reaction on its Facebook page, the council stood by its action, saying it had been consistent with its enforcement efforts on dog ownership and action against strays.

It said the enforcement team had been tasked with resolving many complaints received on the stray dog problem.

“The team was brought there by a resident after getting a report that the stray had attacked a goat and an army member,” it said, adding that the council was empowered to act under the Dog Licensing Bylaw.


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