KUALA LUMPUR: Action should be taken against the Kulim Kedah Municipal Council (MPKK) enforcement workers for alleged brutal acts against stray dogs, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The Selangor Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) patron said the three personnel should be investigated and subsequently action should be taken under the Animal Welfare Act 2015.
"The Department of Veterinary Services must remind local councils to ensure that their workers comply with all the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act of 2015.
"State governments must also play their part in ensuring that all provisions of the act are strictly adhered to by the local authorities when dealing with stray animals," he said in a statement on Saturday (July 10).
Lee said under the act, a person commits an offence of animal cruelty if he cruelly beats, kicks, ill-treats, tortures, infuriates or terrifies any animal.
"Animal abusers could be fined between RM20,000 and RM100,000 and/or face a jail term of up to three years.
"Over the years, we have seen many instances of cruelty to dogs but there have not been many prosecutions. This could be due to a lack of police reports.
"I wish to call on the public to lodge reports so that investigation can be carried out and the offenders are brought to justice," he said.
Dogs have been dubbed as man’s best friend, and for good reason thus they deserve better treatment, Lee said.
"If for any reason, a dog has to be put down, there is a humane way to do it.
"It should be done by trained veterinary doctors or their assistants, not by council workers," he added.
The work of animal activists who are ever vigilant against acts of animal cruelty should be appreciated as well, he said.
"Many of them have been feeding and caring for dogs that have no homes but roam the streets as strays.
"During the movement control order, these dogs (and cats) have had to fend for themselves in ways that could make them a menace," he added.
Lee called on authorities to come up with necessary action to ensure that these animals do not die from hunger.
"Animal feeding should be allowed under the current MCO.
"It is time for us to remember the words of Mahatma Gandhi who said: 'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated'," he said.