Monday, January 30, 2023

M’sian volunteers rescue 97 dogs living in poor conditions in MPKL dog pound

NewsM'sian volunteers rescue 97 dogs living in poor conditions in MPKL dog...

Recently, images showing the poor conditions at Kuala Langat Municipal Council (MPKL) Dog Pound in Selangor have gone viral on social media, with many netizens calling on the authorities to rescue these poor furry friends.

The matter was brought to light in a Facebook post by Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB), a canine welfare initiative dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of rescued and abandoned dogs.

According to The Star, three kind Samaritans had since taken the initiative to rescue the dogs from certain death. Siti Fauziah Abdul Jabbar of the non-profit animal shelter, Fauziah Paws Care, with assistance from independent rescuers Belinda Yeap and Peter Hoo jointly came to rescue the dogs and send them to a shelter at a Johor temple.

“We could not bear seeing the 97 dogs there in such a pitiful condition,” Fauziah was quoted as saying by The Star.

Source: Facebook

Fauziah shared that MPKL had waived the fee required to “bail out” the dogs from the pound and council staff helped to load the dogs onto the lorry.

“We will pay for their food allowance. We have already sent RM2,000, and we will purchase all medical supplies,” she said in a Facebook post while updating the public on the dogs’ condition.

She also thanked the public for the donations given to them and the furry friends, which totalled to RM9,032.

“Once we have a better place to house them in the next few days, we will move them out from the shelter in Johor,” she added.

Unfortunately, 11 dogs have passed away during the rescue.

Source: Facebook

Selangor Queen calls for improvement in managing animal confinement centers

Meanwhile, the incident caught the attention of Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin and she had since urged the local government authorities in Selangor to improve and upgrade the management of pounds under their jurisdiction.

In a statement issued via the Selangor Royal Office social media pages, she expressed her disappointment and sadness over how the dogs were treated.

She then called on the local council to find a new, more holistic approach to managing pounds.

At the same time, she also suggested efforts in preserving the welfare and reducing the number of strays is intensified through the Create Caring and Compassionate Communities (CCC) campaign.

It also includes having animal welfare officers and animal lovers in every district to encourage neutering or spaying, as well as to get the advice and monitoring from SPCA and NGOs if there is a need to dispose of abandoned animals due to health issues.

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