IPOH: Several animal welfare groups held a peaceful demonstration to protest the shooting and killing of a dog by the Ipoh City Council.
The group from Noah's Ark Ipoh, The Stray Diary (Ipoh), Ipoh Mutts and Mittens and Humane Society Ipoh, held up banners and flowers to protest the action by the authorities.
The demonstration was held following a viral video showing a city council worker shooting and killing a stray dog at Pengkalan Gate on Wednesday (May 22).
Noah's Ark president Peggy Vong said the council must come up with a better solution to handle stray animals.
"We are very upset when we watched the video.
"This has happened before and every time we bring it up, the council will cover up the issue.
"We believed that there must be a proper procedure to do the killing in a humane way.
"We hope the council will consider having a dialogue with us to find the best solution in handling strays in the city. We are totally appalled by their action," she added.
Also present was Perak MCA Public Service and Complaints bureau chief Low Guo Nan, who questioned the city council for standing by its action in shooting the dog.
"Previously, the city council agreed to use the Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage (TNRM) method to address the problem of stray dogs in the city.
"What happened to that understanding?" Low said to reporters after the demonstration.
He said the incident had caused an uproar among concerned folk and animal welfare groups.
"The council said the method used was according to standard operating procedure under the Dog Licensing Bylaw.
"Would this mean they will continue to use the same method to handle stray dogs?
"They (the council) need to come up with better solution as the public is clearly against the action," he added.