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A group of animal advocacy Persatuan Haiwan Terbiar Malaysia (SAFM) has recently taken to its Instagram page to share an animal abuse case where a man was seen hunting and killing stray dogs with a bow and arrow in the broad daylight.
In the video, the man can be seen following a stray dog that was hiding around parked vehicles before releasing the shot.
The video ended with a picture showing the poor stray dog having the arrow piercing through its face.
According to the animal advocacy group, the dog was later found dead with the arrow still stuck in its face.
Meanwhile, SAFM said it believes the dog does not pose any danger to the suspect. “So why would this cruel person prey on dogs as part of his archery training?” the group asked.
The group then urged those with information on the perpetrator to come forward. They can Whatsapp SAFM’s Hotline at 016-266 2007 or get in touch via their website.
The group also pointed out that such an abusive act is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2015 and those found guilty of hurting animals can face up to three years jail term, a fine of between RM20,000 and RM100,000, or both.
Stray animal deserves love too!
Meanwhile, Independent Pet Adoption Network (IPAN) co-founder Catherine Leyow has also commented on the matter and she says she understands that some people are not comfortable with stray dogs in their areas, but points out that this is no reason for them to commit such inhumane acts.
Speaking to The Star, Catherine said there are other better methods to manage stray dog populations, such as the ‘trap, neuter and release’ programmes in some communities.
Elaborating further, Catherine said community dogs can be an asset to the community as they keep the population of rats and other vermin under control, as well as ward off burglars.
“Studies have shown that such vicious behaviour towards animals can indicate psychopathic tendencies, and the person will go on to commit horrendous acts against humans,” she said.
Nonetheless, if you come across a stray animal that is not behaving aggressively, you can try to avoid it by giving them a bit of food.
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