Dogs are man’s best friend but not all of us deserve them.
Recently, a 9-second video that showed a mid-sized dog scampering as it tries to keep up with the vehicle went viral on social media. The dog does not seem to be walking normally in the footage too, as it was being dragged along on a leash.
According to the caption of the Facebook post, the incident took place at Taman Sri Skudai in Johor Bahru, Johor at about 2 pm last Friday (8 April).
Naturally, this did not go well among netizens and many expressed their anger toward the pet owners in this video. Netizens also slammed them for treating their pet cruelly.
Meanwhile, the incident also caught the attention of the police. On 10 April, the police released a statement and said they managed to track down the Myvi’s passenger and driver for investigation.
“The 34-year-old man and his 61-year-old mother claimed the dog was their pet who had gone missing and was found in the area,” said North Johor Bahru district police chief ACP Rupiah Abd Wahid.
“They found the dog in a dirty state and infested with fleas. They figured it was not suitable to have the dog inside the vehicle.”
“The woman used a rope and pulled the dog from the front passenger window as the car was driven slowly.”
It is also learnt that the Myvi belongs to the male suspect’s brother-in-law. Both the suspects were released on police bail after their statements were recorded.
The case is currently being investigated under section 428 KK/Section 44(1)(a) Animal Act 1953 and the investigation papers will be sent to the deputy public prosecutor for further action. The provisions deal with maiming and ill-treating any animal, respectively.
The police also urge those with information about the incident to contact the North Johor Bahru district police headquarters at +607-556 3122.