Friday, November 21, 2008

From SPCA..

SELANGOR – The Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA) Selangor is working closely with the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) to investigate recent reports alleging abuse by dog-catchers. “The reports have been pouring in, we are now investigating up to 4 local municipal councils for alleged cruelty to animals by municipal and contracted dog-catchers,” says SPCA Chairperson Christine Chin. Three out of the four incidents have been reported to the police.
Investigations probe dog-catchers jurisdiction and abusive methods
In the wake of the Turbo’s case in late September – the Jack-Russell Terrier abducted from his home by Majlis Perbandaran Sepang dog-catchers – three more reports were made to SPCA on the long-standing issue of unethical and inhumane dog-catchers in the Klang Valley. Two weeks ago a case was reported where Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ) dog-catchers caught a stray dog and dragged it through a house gate. A witness states the dog had been beaten by the dog catchers, dragged through a 5-inch gap in the gate, and taken to the MPSJ Dog Pound in Puchong– where it was not treated for its injuries. Animal rescuers paid the compound, removed the dog and sent it to the vet for treatment the next day. The vet report states that the dog was suffering from bleeding gums and lower lips, cut wounds and abrasions on forehead and right ear – and stated that the dog was 'clearly traumatised'.SPCA and DVS have since met with the MPSJ Health Department, andspot-checked the MPSJ Dog-Pound to survey the conditions. A visit was also made to the vacant house in Bandar Kinrara where the stray dog was removed from, where both the SPCA and DVS teams collected evidence - photographing the premises, taking measurements of the gate and speaking to the witness. Both the DVS and MPSJ Health Department confirmed that dog-catchers do not have the right to enter occupied private property and seize an unlicenced dog, merely because it does not have a licence. In this situation, they said that the correct course of action would be to compound the owner first.
Within days of this incident, another pet owner lodged a report with SPCA, alleging that Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA) dog-catchers had trespassed into her home and caught her dog, dragging it out from underneath the main gate. Attempts were made to locate the dog which was not taken to the PAWS Animal Shelter, but held by the MBSA and put to sleep three days later. The owner and an SPCA Inspector arrived during the destruction process, and were literally minutes too late to save the dog. The distraught owner made a police report immediately after leaving the pound.

“Please keep an eye on each others dogs especially when your neighbours are at work. If you see something suspicious take notes,” urges SPCA Inspectorate consultant Glyn Roberts, formerly of RSPCA UK. “Take down the description and registration number of van, description/ uniform worn by people stealing dog, and how many of them are there. Note all actions and record details of the incident, take photos or videos of the van and people in action, and make a police report immediately,” he continues.

“Early this year, DVS had issued their 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,” says Chin. “We hope that all municipals will adapt these guidelines, to ensure that all animals under their care will be treated with kindness and compassion,” she continues.

If you come across such cases of abusive dog-catchers, please notify SPCA Selangor immediately at 42565312/ 42535179 (8.30am-4.30pm) or at, so the organisation can compile evidence on the case and follow-up with the authorities.

To hell with those who abuse animals, may the same be brought to them and their loved ones!


Hammer said...

Dear Huei and Baby

I have only now discovered through a visitor to my website for Beau about your post to help me find Beau. Thank you very much with all my heart. Beau will be very grateful to both of you as well.

If it is okay with you, I will show a link to your blog on my blog. I don't have time to blog for a little while. I'm updating Beau's website at the moment though.

Thank you both sincerely for caring about Beau.

You are doing a great job too highlighting the cruelty towards animals.

Love from Susan, Beau, Hammer and our family in Australia

Gallivanter said...

I blogged about this too! But not as calm and collected as you, no holds barred on the curses! :-)

Huei said...

Hi Susan, Beau, Hammer and family in Australis.

Thanks for the comment! =)

You're very welcome. Anything to watch families reunited again. Be strong, Beau will be back. :)

Gallivanter..i've been very very very angry many times..i am still don't get me wrong..but no point in me cursing over and over and over again because nobody does anything really..
but it cannot end i posted it up for least there are people like u who care :D
i've heard about things like that thousand of times! municipal going into gated compound to drag dogs out, how they get tortured before they get dumpped into the pound, then later be fed to wild animals at the zoo..too horrible...
anyway thanks for sharing this on ur blog least the more people know..the least likely they will dare to repeat it!

MonkeyOx said...

LengLui? only ppl who like Dog will only keep dog at home. its a virus to keep the human hornyness. cheers up

Huei said...

erm..engrish pls