IPOH: The tailor whose pet dog was shot and killed in Tanjung Rambutan hopes that the shooter will be caught.
Chong Kwai Siew, 46, said she now fears for her life as there was someone going around indiscriminately shooting and taking lives.
“How can anyone simply shoot an animal?
“If the person had missed, I could have been the one who was shot," she told a press conference held by Perak MCA Public Service and Complaints Bureau chief Low Guo Nan at state MCA headquarters here on Tuesday (March 2).
“I also hope to get an explanation for the shooting and justice for my dog, ” she said, adding that she was still heartbroken over the incident.
“It may have been just a dog to some, but it’s still a life. I cared for it for eight months, ” the mother of three added.
The incident occurred on Saturday, about 100m from Chong’s tailoring shop at Kampung Lintang, Batu 8, in Tanjung Rambutan.
Chong had taken the dog out to look for a missing chicken.
She also said her dog was docile and no one had ever complained about it.
“The dog would stay near my shop and rarely roamed far without me, ” she added.
A friend of Chong, who only wanted to be known as Nanthini, said there had been several killings of dogs in the area.
“There were cases of poisoning there a few years ago.
“Just two years ago, I found a dead dog with a bullet hole in its body, ” said Nanthini, who helps to feed stray dogs there.
Ipoh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals president Ricky Soong said under Section 30 of the Animal Welfare Act, no one can use a gun to kill an animal.
He said those found guilty can be fined up to RM20,000 or jailed up to three years or both.
“Recently, someone who used a rubber band to shoot a dog was charged in court.
“This is a serious matter and the people should stop abusing or killing animals, ” he said.
When contacted, Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said the case was still being investigated.
ACP A. Asmadi said a post-mortem conducted on the dog found a silvery, hard object about 1cm in length, believed to be a bullet from an air rifle.
“It was found embedded in the muscle of the dog's right forelimb. The entry point is believed to be between the fourth and fifth rib on the left, and the bullet punctured the lung and heart," he said, adding that the dog died of excessive blood loss.
“The bullet has been sent to the forensics department for analysis, ” he added.
ACP A. Asmadi also said the person accused of shooting the dog has denied committing the act or owning any firearms.
“The other neighbours also did not hear any shots being fired, ” he said.