Friday May 20, 2011
Dog owner cries foul over cruel killing
By NELSON BENJAMIN
JOHOR BARU: A landscape supervisor is upset and disappointed with the Central Johor Baru Municipal Council workers they shot his dog in the street and when the dog ran back into his house compound, the workers entered the compound, looped the injured animal and dragged it onto the road.
The MBJBT workers then shot the dog a second time and killed it.
Taman Johor Jaya resident Tan Sek Khang, 51, said when the MBJBT workers shot the dog a second time, they did it in front of his protesting wife and son.
Tan said his mongrel, named Black, was trailing his wife and son who were walking to school on May 5.
“There was a gunshot and the dog which was trailing them started bleeding and limping,” he said of the 11am incident.
His wife Cheng Siew Kiong, 46, said she tried to explain to the workers that the dog belonged to them. “But they took it. They told us to wash the compound as it would be difficult if the blood dried.”
Tan admitted he made a mistake in not taking out a dog licence.
“But how can you shoot the animal and then enter my house to get the injured animal without our permission?” he said.
MBJBT president Md Fuzi Ahmad Shahimi said he would investigate the matter.
“MBJBT only has one shooting team to handle complaints about wild dogs. We get complaints on a daily basis,” he said, adding that he was not aware of Tan's case.
Canine Welfare Project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) legal affairs and advocacy coordinator Shalinee Fernandez said the council should be brought to book for what it had done.
“If Tan had violated any local council by-laws, he should have been compounded instead of having council workers shoot the animal in front of his child.”