Viral photos of appalling neglect at shelter have animal lovers in uproar

  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Jun 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Viral postings about a cat shelter in Tuaran, where carcasses were seen rotting on the floor, left many appalled and disgusted.

Police are now investigating the case after receiving a report from an NGO.

Animal Lovers Independent Res­cuer (Alir) shared the postings on social media after lodging the report on Tuesday.

The owner was said to have abandoned the shelter – situated in a house – leaving the felines to fend for themselves.

It is learnt the shelter had sought public donations to run the place earlier this year.

Alir president Aldrin Ham and his wife Fransisca said they were horrified upon seeing the cats there sickly and malnourished.

“When we visited the place on Sunday, we found several carcasses left unattended.

“About 30 adult cats and 20 kittens were rescued but we are unable to house them all at our existing centre in Menggatal,” he said.

Alir is now looking after some 150 rescued dogs and cats there.

“Currently, we are building a new shelter in Tenghilan, Tuaran, to house them,” he added.

“We hope to complete it very soon.”

Tuaran police chief Deputy Supt Mohd Hamizi Halim said investigations were carried out under the Animal Welfare Enactment.

“The suspect has yet to be traced,” he said, adding that the focus of investigations was on the neglect of animals to the extent of death and malnourishment.

In a separate posting, Fransisca said Alir was founded in 2014.

“We need public help, donations and volunteers. The cost for food and other necessities to look after 150 cats and dogs are around RM6,000 monthly.

“This does not include medicine and vet services,” she said.

Those interested to help can contact Aldrin at 013-888 5060.

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