SPCA to work closely with council By DAWN CHAN
extracted from The Malay Mail, 26 Sept 2007
THE dog pound has been found to be in acceptable condition but there is still room for improvement.That is the verdict by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals chairman Christine Chin on Selayang Municipal Council’s dog pound in Bandar Baru Selayang.
Chin, accompanied by SPCA coordinator Dr Natasha Lee, visited the pound last week under the SPCA’s MissionHELP: Selayang campaign.The campaign was launched after SPCA and MPS agreed to work together to eradicate the stray-dog menace, following the scrapping of the council’s dog-catching competition two weeks ago.
Chin suggested that MPS add more kennels to accommodate the number of dogs that were captured, and to isolate sick dogs as well as separating puppies from adult dogs.In addition, she recommended that MPS immediately euthanise dogs that are very sick.“Suitable dogs will be chosen and rehabilitated at the SPCA animal sheter, then suitable homes found in the first phase of our campaign.
However, we also hope dogs can be re-homed through the pound itself,” said Chin.
Chin said SPCA was happy to hear of MPS’s interest in setting up a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, or Klinik Kembiri.“As the setting up of a Klinik Kembiri requires the approval of the Veterinary Services Department, we will bring up the idea when we meet the department director-general, Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin, tomorrow,” said Chin.
Vowing to work closely with MPS, Chin said that SPCA volunteers, staff and independent pet rescuers are looking forward to organising workshops to promote proper dog-catching techniques, education campaign on responsible pet ownership as well as organising spay days when pet owners can sterilise their pets at a subsidised rate.
The MPS dog-catching competition, which was launched on Sept 4 by Rawang State Assemblyman Datuk Tang See Hang to curb the stray-dog menace, was scrapped 10 days later, following strong objections from animal rights activists and animal lovers.