Carcasses of cats left to rot at shelter in Tuaran, police report lodged


A group of volunteers and the Veterinary Services Department rescuing the abandoned cats.

A group of volunteers and the Veterinary Services Department rescuing the abandoned cats.

KOTA KINABALU: Viral posts about a cat shelter in Tuaran where carcasses were left rotting on the floor have shocked people in the city.  

It all started after Animal Lovers Independent Rescuer (Alir), a non-governmental organisation, exposed the matter on Facebook and made a police report on Tuesday (June 18) upon discovering the mismanagement of felines there.  

The cats housed at Melissa's Cat Shelter (MCS) were reportedly left to fend for themselves when the owner left the centre located in a house.  

Alir president Aldrin Ham and his wife Fransisca, who shared the updates on the issue in her personal Facebook page, said they were horrified upon finding the cats there in sickly and malnourished conditions upon first visiting the shelter on Sunday (June 16).  

The posts elicited angry response because the owner of the shelter has reportedly been asking for and accepting donations from the public since it began operating around February or March.  

“When we visited, we found several carcasses just left unattended at the vicinity.  

“Right now, there are 30 adult cats and 20 kittens that we have rescued from MCS to be cared for under Alir, but we are not able to house them all as we are already housing 150 rescued dogs and cats.  

“We are currently developing a new structure in Tenghilan, Tuaran to house the additional cats which we hope to complete very soon,” he said.  

Tuaran police chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Hamizi Halim said they had received the report and was conducting investigations based on the Animal Welfare Enactment 2015.  

“The suspect has yet to be traced,” he said.  

Asked whether they were also investigating it as a scam to collect donations, he said: "The issue of (investigating) donation does not arise, as we focus on the complaint lodged on animal neglect to the extent of death and malnourishment.”  

Fransisca in one of her video postings, said Alir, founded since 2014, needed help, whether  donations or volunteers.  

“We cannot do it on our own.  

The public and those interested to volunteer and assist Alir can contact Aldrin at 013-8885060.