SHAH ALAM (Bernama): Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin has expressed her regrets over the rough manner shown by Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) employees in treating a dog during an operation, which had gone viral through a video clip on social media recently.
Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, who is also the Royal Patron of the Stray Free Selangor (SFS) campaign, was also disappointed and saddened that such cruelty was still happening in the community despite numerous awareness campaigns on strays.
"I was very upset by the video clip which showed MPSJ employees trying to catch a stray dog in an utterly inhumane way.
"I urge the authorities to be more sensitive and humane in dealing with cases involving abandoned animals on the streets," she said in a statement posted on the Selangor Royal Office Facebook page Monday (Oct 7).
She was also informed that State Local Government, Public Transport and New Village Development Committee chairman Ng Sze Han had apologised over the abusive behaviour of the MPSJ employees.
Meanwhile, she hoped that the proper procedure of catching strays would be followed strictly to ensure the well-being of the animals and the safety of the local authorities involved.
"I cannot emphasise more on the importance of carrying out the procedure as closely as possible without harming or injuring the animals. The procedure need to be revised and implemented according to the situation.
"Once and for all I urge everyone, regardless the authorities or the general public, to develop compassion for stray animals in need of care and attention," she said.
Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin reminded all parties to take heed of the Animal Welfare Act 2015, which provides for a fine of RM20,000 to RM100,000 or up to three years imprisonment, for those who commit acts of cruelty to animals. - Bernama
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