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Saturday, February 24, 2007


Once again an article in The Star has horrified me. A dog was found with a bicycle cable tied round its forearm so tightly that it cut through the bone.

-Last year, 13 dogs were brutally murdered!
-Some months ago, a little black dog was beaten cruelly till it’s jaw had to be surgically removed.
-3 months ago I rescued a month old puppy that was so badly abused he’s still terrified of strangers.
-Two weeks ago I met a lady who had rescued an abandoned dog.

And these are only a small number of abuse cases that have come to light…

What is the matter with Malaysians? We seem to be capable of incredible cruelty, and yet we're supposed to be a nation that is moving towards being a developed country with state of the art technological capabilities and massive skyscrapers etc? Shouldn't development equal higher intelligence? What is the point of being a developed nation when our people can have the ability to inflict such cruel acts onto helpless beings?

The government is currently promoting tourism aggressively, but do we want tourists to confirm their preconceived notions that Malaysians are still barbarians by inflicting pain and misery to animals? Are these the sort of stories that we want highlighted in our newspapers for the world to see? That Malaysians are a nation that is cruel and unfeeling towards animals? I don’t think that tourists will be impressed with this sort of news especially tourists from European or Western nations where animals are loved and considered as part of their family.

I hope the culprits are caught though I understand that this would be close to impossible, esp. since this poor dog can't actually say who did this cruel deed to him.

I would like appeal to everyone to please treat your pets right, if you can't don't have one. And if you don't like animals, just leave them alone. there is no reason to abuse or mistreat them. And to animal lovers, please report cases of abuse, neglect and cruelty towards animals to the authorities, e.g. the SPCA, your local council, the media or even one of the Independent Pet Rescuers...

I would also appeal to the government to please impose much harsher penalties to all those who are guilty of abusing animals!

BARELY two months after Joy the little black dog was rescued from the jaws of death, another case of animal cruelty has surfaced.

This time involving a one-year-old mongrel named Hoppy which was rescued by a kind soul in Puncak Jalil recently.

Hoppy: Was found cringing in pain with a bicycle brake cable tied so tightly around its forearm that it cut through the bone.

Florence Chan found the mongrel with its forearm dangling like a broken twig.
Hoppy was found cringing in pain with a bicycle brake cable tied so tightly around its forearm that it cut through the bone.

“My neighbours children alerted me about the dog and when I went to see for myself I was shocked at the condition the poor dog,'' said Chan.

“I rushed him to a vet's clinic in Subang Jaya and he is recuperating from the ordeal,'' she said.
Dr Vijay who is treating Hoppy said the way the cable was tied around the dog's forearm shows malicious intent.

“It was tied so tight that it practically cut through the bone and caused a 3cm wound that was infected maggot-filled. This was probably someone's idea of a cruel joke.

“The whole forearm was swollen and the tissues around it dead. In fact, we were not sure if the legs could be saved but so far he seems to be responding well to treatment, hence amputation may not be necessary,'' he said.

“The sad part is that he is terrified of humans. He cringes and whimpers when anyone comes near him and retreats to the furthest corner of the cage,'' said Chan.

“I am not sure what to do with him once he fully recovers as I have already adopted three dogs,'' she said, adding that she hoped someone could come forward to adopt Hoppy.

“Hoppy needs sponsors to help pay for the medical expenses and a donor to sponsor him for his lifetime at the Langkawi Animal Shelter and Sanctuary.

“But more importantly he needs to be loved and taught to trust humans again,'' added Chan.
For details, call 016-395 3992 (Chan).


Alina said...

This is such a cruel thing to do, especially when there is an intention to hurt and harm.

I am wondering if someone is able to provide me with an idea of how much it would cost and what it would take to sponsor Happy.

I pray this kind of cruelty ceases once and for all. Hatred directed at our most helpless and vulnerable friends is one of the worst kinds.

Alina Ng

Cleopatra said...

Hi Alina

You should contact the lady mentioned in the article. Her phone number is there

And I think they are thinking of sending Hoppy to the shelter in Langkawi. It will cost about RM100 per month there... see :

The Furry Friends Farm also takes in dogs so perhaps you can ask if they would send him there. The cost is about the same but then you can visit him cause it's closer to KL. (am assuming that you live in KL).

Hope this information has helped...