Seremban animal rescue group alleges MBS euthanised dogs despite trap-neuter-release arrangement

SEREMBAN: An animal rescue group alleged that the Seremban City Council (MBS) euthanised some dogs in a residential area here even though they had a contract to use a trap-neuter-release method to control the canine population.

Furrykids Safehaven, which currently houses some 2,000 stray dogs at its shelter here, claimed MBS had previously decided against putting stray dogs to sleep.

Shelter head Jeskiran Kaur said her team met with the MBS enforcement personnel after a recording of an operation on Wednesday (May 31) went viral.

She said it is believed 10 dogs were put to sleep in the operation.

"Why has MBS resorted to killing strays when we have been awarded a contract to trap, neuter and release the dogs?" she questioned, adding that there was speculation MBS had also awarded a contract to another party to euthanise strays.

In the 23-minute video, an MBS lorry is seen carrying filled black plastic bags parked in a secluded area.

The carcass of only one dog can be seen as the lorry is covered from all sides.

Several MBS personnel were also seen in the footage but no dogs are seen being euthanised.

Jeskiran said in a meeting with MBS, her team was told that they had to resort to such action due to a high number of complaints from residents.

She said MBS should have contacted them and they would have come.

"We have trapped, neutered and released some 7,000 strays since 2018.

"Although we lack funds, we would have still come and taken them away," she said, adding that MBS pays them RM100 for each dog caught when neutering alone costs RM250.

The MBS has not responded to any queries.

State housing, urban wellbeing, local government and new village committee chairman Teo Kok Seong who is away in Sabah, also could not be reached for comment.

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