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Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Dear everyone,

I have been back for a little over a week now, and have been spending loads of time with Cleo & co, which has been great.

However, as usual Malaysians never cease to shock me with their appaling and disgusting behaviour. Here is yet another article on how cruel Malaysian can be towards their dogs.
I would like to urge each and everyone of you to help Stop Animal Cruelty by advising your friends etc to be Responsible Pet Owners. Also, if any of you witness cruelty towards animals, please report the matter to the DVS or the SPCA.


INDEPENDENT animal rescuers are crying foul and want the relevant authorities to monitor dog breeders in the country after an emaciated, weak and disoriented Doberman was found wandering in Teluk Pulai, Klang, recently.

The dog, which is literally a walking skeleton, is also hairless due to a genetically inherited skin disorder.

The dog, which was wearing a good quality choke chain around its neck, is believed to have been abandoned by its owners who might not have known how to manage its skin condition.

Independent rescuer Leigh Chen said the Doberman’s inherited condition might be due to too much in-breeding.

“Many pedigree puppies come from backyard breeders and unlicensed puppy mills".

“These unscrupulous breeders have no qualms about mating siblings with each other or even offspring with their parents,” alleged Chen.

Chen said the Veterinary Services Department (DVS), as the custodian of animal welfare, must be given the power and legal right to crack down on errant breeders.

“In addition to this, it must also be made compulsory for pet shop owners to microchip the pets they sell, for identification,” she added.

Fellow rescuer Sherrina Krishnan concurred and advised the public to be cautious when buying pets.

“My only advice to people who buy pedigrees is, please don’t just buy one for the sake of buying one. Check the breeding conditions, check the breeders – ask for papers,” she said.

Meanwhile, a passer-by rescued the Doberman and handed it over to non-governmental organisation Community Development and Integration Initiative (CDII), which recently launched its canine welfare project dubbed “Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better”.

The dog has since been sent to a veterinary clinic where it was diagnosed to be suffering from severe heartworm infestation, low platelet count and malnutrition.

The attending veterinarian also said the dog was only about two years old.

According to CDII director Clarence C.R. Chua, his organisation’s canine welfare project emphasised a no-kill policy and therefore the dog would be treated and taken care of until its last day.

“It’s only two years old and therefore deserves a second chance to continue living,” said Chua.
He said CDII’s canine welfare project was a long-term plan aimed at opening a sanctuary and hospice for dogs in Selangor.

“We have a long way to go and need to raise funds to realise our plan".

“We also hope that the Selangor government will give us a helping hand by allocating us a piece of land for our sanctuary and hospice,” he added.

Those interested in sponsoring the abandoned Doberman’s treatment or adopting it can write to


Snowball said...

Actually, there are many such cases happening in Singapore. Some unethical breeders abandon their breeding stocks that are old and ill. There are cases of dogs in similar condition as the doberman shown in the article. I think the dog is suffering from demodex mange. The only way to treat it us to boost its immunity.

Its really sad to see dogs suffering like that. The only way to stop this is to put all dog breeders (the unethical and those who only wanted to make money out of dogs)out of business but this is really tough.

Many dog lovers know about all these cases but when they think of getting a pup, they still wanted to get a pure breed pup from the pet shop. They say things like "irregardless whether they are pedigree, we love them all the same" but we never see them giving a second chance in life to the stray dogs that needed home or even an older pedigree dog that needed a new home, when they are able to.

We can only do what we can but to stop this from happening again seems like a mission impossible.

Lets all pray for the needy dogs.


Amber-Mae said...

Woah! That dog is really in horrible shape! Yeah, I think I agree with Snowball. That is DEFINITELY mange. Not a skin condition inherited from its dog parents ow whatever. It can be treated but it will take a very long time. This dog will have a good chance to live definitely but since he's a Pedigree, he has a 50-50 chance. Hope he lives. Poor dog.

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