I READ with serious concern a recent statement by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) on the alleged cruelty to animals by municipal and contracted dog catchers in the Subang Jaya and Shah Alam areas.
It had been alleged that dog catchers trespassed into private homes and dragged the dogs out of the homes and in the process inflicted serious injuries on the animals.
Such inhumane actions and cruelty to the animals, even if they are not licensed, is highly deplorable and should be thoroughly investigated.
The other issue which is of utmost concern is that these overzealous dog catchers have no legal right or authority to trespass into private homes just because they see a dog without a licence.
Is it because these contracted dog catchers are given too attractive monetary incentives that they use all available means even if unlawful to nab these dogs by hook or by cook.
The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) cannot be unconcerned about the various allegations of cruelty to animals.
It should step in and put a stop to all such inhumane treatment of animals by the municipal and contracted dog catchers.
As has been appointed out by the SPCA, DVS has issued its Humane Management of Stray Animals Guidelines to all municipal councils in Malaysia. The basis of the guidelines are the Five Freedoms for Animals, and cover aspects like catching, transportation, housing and euthanasia.
We hope that all municipal councils will adopt these guidelines to ensure that all animals under their care will be treated with kindness and compassion.
TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE,
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