ALOR SETAR: A video of a helpless stray dog hit with a bow and arrow has sparked a public outcry, with police saying investigations are underway.
The video was from a CCTV recording of the incident on Thursday, between 4.21am and 5.26am, in Lorong 3, off Jalan Putra here.
The video clip went viral on social media, leading to an uproar and a police report being lodged. The stray, which peed after being hit, is believed to have died.
A hawker, who wished to be known as Sim, said he watched the video and decided to lodge a report.
“I had to do something as it was despicable what the man did to the dog. I messaged the person who posted the video and found out that it was a stray dog that was usually in that area. The culprit should be brought to justice!” said Sim.
The Animal Action Team (AAT) also called for the culprit to be arrested, saying his action of killing the stray in that manner was shocking.
“The problem of strays should be addressed by the local authority. We are waiting to see what happens next, ” it said in a statement.
Kota Setar OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Shukri Mat Akhir confirmed that a report had been lodged. He said the video footage showed the man shooting the arrow at the stray.
He said the case had been referred to state Veterinary Services Department and was being investigated under Section 29 (1) (e) of Animal Welfare Act 2015.
ACP Ahmad Shukri said archery gear was classified as an offensive weapon.
Under the Act, the offence is punishable with a fine of RM20,000 to RM100,000 or three years’ jail or both, for animal cruelty.