KUCHING: One of two puppies which recently bit two children from Tasik Biru in Bau near here has tested positive for rabies.
The Sarawak Veterinary Services Department is now looking for the other puppy, which was dumped in Tasik Biru after the biting incident sometime last month.
The department's director Dr Adrian Susin Ambud said the two puppies were found to have been adopted on March 31 from an Indonesian colleague of the children's parents.
The colleague, who was staying in Kuching at the time, has since returned to Indonesia.
“The puppies turned aggressive three months later and bit (the children). One puppy was dumped in the Tasik Biru area and could not be located.
“The victims were treated at the dog-bite clinic in Bau, which then informed the department,” he said in a statement Thursday (July 4).
Dr Adrian said the department's surveillance team collected the remaining puppy for testing at the state veterinary diagnostic laboratory on June 27.
The puppy was tested positive for rabies on Tuesday (July 2).
He urged residents in Tasik Biru to contact the department at 082-628 248 or its rabies hotline at 016-255 7267 (WhatsApp) or the Bau district council if they came across the cream-coloured puppy.
“Members of the public who may have been in contact with the puppy, whether licked, scratched or bitten, are advised to go to the nearest government clinic or hospital immediately,” he said.
They should also report any stray or sick dog to the department or council.
In addition, Dr Adrian reminded the public to vaccinate their dogs against rabies annually, and to adopt only from known and reliable sources.