Dogs are Still Being Shot

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A year ago when Spunk, the senior therapy dog and companion to an elderly woman was shot by MBI enforcement officers in Merdeka Gardens despite having a license, it raised such a huge hue and cry from animal loving NGOs near and far.

16 Nov 2010 – Dato’ Rahim (in brown coat) with NGOs: “No More Shooting”

Besides the local NGOs of Ipoh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA), Noah’s Ark Ipoh and The Sanctuary Ipoh, SPCA Selangor and the Malaysian Animal-Assistant Therapy for Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive) converged at Ipoh City Hall.

The result of all that attention resulted in MBI Secretary Dato Hj Abdul Rahim bin Mohd Ariff  declaring that “Shooting of dogs in Ipoh will be banned with immediate effect”.

Rahim also stated that it would form a sub committee and work very closely with the Veterinary Services Department and NGOs on how to handle stray dogs. Some of the measures proposed were to establish a pound for animals that were caught as well as the methods to be used to capture the animals.

27 Sept 2011 – NGO Noah’s Ark Ipoh: “Why is MBI still shooting dogs?”

Alas all that was declared did not materialize.

Almost a year later at 5.00 p.m. on September 27, Ms Malika, President of Noah’s Ark Ipoh (NAI) received a call from Prima Condominium about dog shooters requesting to enter the compound in search for a shot stray dog that entered its premises.

Noah’s Ark with caught stray cats

When the NAI team went to the condominium they found a trail of blood “all round the premises” but did not find the dog which led them to conclude that the dog would die a slow and painful death.

Throughout the year NAI had been receiving reports that MBI were still shooting dogs. However, NAI had always responded that MBI had stopped that practice.
Hence, when the security guard at the condo confirmed the dog shooters were in MBI uniform, NAI called a press conference the next morning to highlight that MBI had reneged on their commitment made a year earlier.

Malika added that NAI had requested for meetings with MBI several times earlier whenever their members reported about MBI still shooting dogs. However, each time the meeting was suddenly postponed.

Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Roshidi Hashim

Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Roshidi Hashim at a press conference after the council’s monthly full board meeting acknowledged that his enforcement team had shot at the dog.”MBI had earlier received complaints that a dog was barking at nurses going off duty from a nearby hospital.” However, Roshidi explained that although it said that shooting would stop “it had an ‘option to shoot’ dogs as it is allowed to do so based on its local by-laws”.

Further inquiries with relevant MBI officials revealed that shooting dogs has been ongoing since as early as March this year. The official confirmed that it did send a team to study the enforcement methods applied in Selangor. Subsequently they did try the method, that is, to shoot the dogs with tranquilisers, but found it “not practical; the tranquiliser takes 10 minutes to take effect during which time the dog would scuttle and try to escape”.

Tranquilisers are only issued by the Department of Veternairy Services (DVS). When enquired, DVS acknowledged that they were involved but only during the early operations.
Regarding the setting up of a pound to hold caught animals, this too was not set up.
Meantime, Roshidi stated that MBI was planning to outsource this function and indicated it has “identified two potential companies that could undertake this work”. Roshidi did not indicate a timeline when this would happen.

JAG

30 thoughts on “Dogs are Still Being Shot

  1. DBI is useless. They should be the ones saving and taking care of the strays while educating the public. DBI officials are not capable of handling issues wisely.

  2. Many many many comments on the current lack of BDI’s credibility with their flip flop (ala ….familiar) decisions. The few who have commented raised some fair points but did not specifically mention the issue of edcuating school kids. I know I was, some 4 decades ago (long live ACS). Are such programmes run by the NGO’s in Ipoh, or anywhere in Malaysia for that matter, by anyone ??? It was in civics class, I think, maybe not now, the memory cells are long decayed. Then again I remember dissecting an eye (eeuuugghh !!), sold at the wet market.

    This story will only see a fruitful end when DBI practice what they are taught in Ugama class. oh ! maybe ugama class may not be what it used to be ! It’s all about alcohol and “bad” western influences now……..not enough sighs left in me to continue on this score actually.

    The Mayor showed hisignorance with his statements about uninsurable trees, the greening of Greentown, the additonal parking bays, the pedestrian crossing that leads to an expensive looking grating, and on and on………Why he still holds office shows the calibre of his bosses. Are the Ipoh councillors without enough “manhood” to make a stand. The Mayor is not going to do anything folks, neither are the “erudite” councillors. So do you think their minions in uniforms and shotguns are going to think and act any different ???

    I guess Ipoh is being led by clowns with far from mature civilised attitudes and will be continuing this phenomena until well after my maker calls.

    The young are inheriting this, and will perpetuate this stifled mental paralysis from what they live though and witness everyday. I guess we have to start at home – so parents teach your kids to respect animals, please. It’s a start, dontcha’all think ! Small steps…….then let them run……as did my puppies by the banks of the Kinta river. small steps, but quick steps……then again this reminds of dancing on the club floor….that is another story.

  3. KUDOS to NAI and all other animal welfare groups for their tireless efforts in doing all that they can for animals as well as educating the public on responsible pet ownership.

    It seems like education is also falling on deaf ears. Sad to say, some irresponsible owners I know of who abandoned their pets are, in fact, well to do and highly educated people. It’s a crying shame that they had not the slightest feelings for their own pets; mostly dogs who provided them a 24/7 loyal service by protecting them and their property from trespassers.

    As for MBI, it is taking the easy way out by killing strays because it doesn’t take much to kill. May I ask what have the dogs done to you? Why so over-zealous in destroying them? They being creatures created by God should be loved and respected by all. They have a life and want to live just like you and me. Has it ever crossed the minds of those MBI officials that the poor animals become strays NOT BY CHOICE but because of human beings’ irresponsibility and selfishness? So it is really not the animals’ fault that they are roaming the streets but man’s fault. Therefore, it’s not fair to have them destroyed through no fault of theirs. Why not cut down on unnecessary spending and work with as well as help fund the animal welfare groups to solve the problem sensibly?

    STOP THE KILLING! It’s neither the answer nor the long-term solution.

  4. WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR MODERATION? BY WHO? ANOTHER COWARD? WHO IS THE MODERATER OF MY WORDS? DO I NEED TO HAVE CENSORS NOW?

  5. THE WORSE EVIL IN THE WORLD ARE NOT DONE BY THE IGNORANTS; OBVIOUSLY, THESE PEOPLE ARE MAD OR COWARDLY OR BULLIES OR HYPOCRITES OR PLAIN SCARED!!! IT’S WHEN PEOPLE SEE EVIL BEING DONE AND THEY DO NOT HAVE THE MORAL COURAGE TO STOP IT! THIS IS EVIL IN ITS PUREST FORM.

  6. THE NEXT TIME YOUR CHILD OR GRANDMOTHER IS BOTHERSOME TO THE NEIGHBOURS OR WHATEVER, PLEASE GIVE ME A NUMBER SO THAT I CAN CALL SOMEONE TO SHOOT THEM. THANK YOU

  7. MALAYSIA!!! LISTEN UP!!!! DO YOU WANT TO JOIN THE 21ST CENTURY? WELL, THE WAY YOU TREAT HUMAN BEINGS AND ANIMALS IS AN INDICATIVE AS TO HOW THE WORLD VIEWS YOU AS A WHOLE. YOU ARE MOVING VERY SLOWLY BUT SURELY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS AND ANIMAL RIGHTS BACK TO THE NEANDERTHALS!!! WE DO NOT TREAT HUMAN BEINGS AND ANIMALS IN THIS WAY IN THE 21ST CENTURY. TIME TO GET RID OF THE OLD WAYS AND MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW. NO MORE HIDEOUS CRIMES TOWARDS HUMANS AND ANIMALS FOR YOU IF YOU WANT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY IN THE WORLD. WE ARE ALL WORKING TOWARDS THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS AND NOT TOWARDS REGRESSING TO THE DARK AGES. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. DO YOU WANT TO BE KNOWN ALWAYS AS A “BANANA REPUBLIC” FOR ALL OF YOU LIFE AND THE FUTURE? TIME TO WAKE UP OK.

  8. Let’s set up a pressure group and call upon MBI to approve more constructive ways to deal with stray dogs. Shooting is NEVER the answer. You must never allow your hatred to dogs to prompt you to commit an injustice towards dogs. Come on MBI, wake up……and buck up! Shooting is also a product of a situation where the helpless and powerless animals are NOT well protected.

  9. MBI officials were quoted as saying that they will continue to shoot stray unlicensed and rabies infected dogs. According to world animal health organisation there has been no reported cases of rabies and Malaysia is rabies free. On the subject of unlicensed dogs, the MBI ran out of dog licenses as early as March 2011. Yes NAI believes in spaying and educating the public and has always been advocating this. We have time and again asked MBI to assist us with funding and work with us. This has fallen on deaf ears. NAI will continue to treat, spay and neuter strays. Like all NGO’s we ask the generous public for donations to do this. Why isn’t the MBI helping us do this? KIlling isn’t the answer is it?

  10. “SiGhs” 🙁 There may be situations where Dogs to be Rid off But discernment is Needed ! It has been use to say..authority may Act upon Diseased dogs,Or dogs that are Truly Dangerous as to “Biting” and “attacking”.Dogs that are roaming about are actually ABANDON By their so Called humans Owners !
    What is expected from such animals when they are deserted ??!!They becomes wanderers,beggars,and slowly detioriate with disease. They also becomes like fugitive and due to instint they have to behave aggressively so to protect themself.Do they have A Choice?!:(
    As a Whole, people like the authority,NGOs,and Vet doctors Need to educate those who Own pets and BE Willing reduce charges fees making easier for people to response positively.. Its is a Co-operation from all angles. Now Humans want to ask themself : Can we Have a Better Solution ? Than Killing and shooting ? Hopeful.

  11. Repent, all those who were involved in the shooting. Who gave you the right to end “another’s” life?

    Shooting is definitely not the long term solution to the stray problem. EDUCATION IS. Thank you, Susleen and Chin for saying that educating the public and running spaying campaigns are the answer, like what I’ve mentioned earlier. Not so long ago, a radio station had a “love your pets” campaign running for several weeks which I thought was an immensely commendable effort. It should carry on.

    The public is the culprit for contributing to strays. They should be fined for dumping pets. We pride ourselves as a developed nation but man’s mentality towards animals (be it pets or strays) leaves much to be desired. A friend who resides in Amsterdam said that the chances of seeing a stray on the streets was remote. But with our kind of mentality, will we ever be able to achieve that?

  12. MBI, this is a modern civilised country. How can you still practice such inhumane way of controlling stray. It’s just too cruel how you shoot and hook the stray dogs. Totally untolarable!!
    What you should be doing is to educate the public. Organize spaying campaign. Not Killing!
    Show us and our next generation your are not so primitive and inhumane as we thought.

  13. Goodness. Shooting a poor dog just because he barked at some nurses walking? That’s what dogs do. Why don’t you go around shooting cats for scratching… or mice for scavenging… or birds for building nests?

    Giving a flimsy excuse and trying to pass it off as a reason is simply unacceptable!

  14. What MBI needs to know (not that they want to know or care), shooting dogs doesn’t solve the problem. They have been doing it for years,have the strays reduce? NO! Don’t find cheap solution to settle problems. If the state has money to throw big eating events, then we definitely have the funds to run neutering campaign, and it can start as simple as putting up banners,printing pamphlet, and working together with Jabatan Haiwan and private vets.

  15. I am ashamed of my so call city. Just when I thought “Hey they finally make some civilised decision by banning Dogs Shooting.” How are we suppose to tell our next generation that our leaders couldn’t even hold on to their promises.
    Come on!! Barking at a few nurses is too weak as a reason to ‘Shoot’ again. Does Barking Hurts? No!! But Shooting Aimlessly DOES!

  16. SHAME ON YOU IPOH AND ALL YOUR FAILED PROMISES!!! I LIVE IN SWITZERLAND AND COME TO MALAYSIA EVERY YEAR. YES, I AM AN ANIMAL RIGHTS VOLUNTEER AND ADVOCATE AND I AM SO ASHAMED AND DISGUSTED AT THIS LATEST INCIDENT!!! SHAME SHAME AND MORE SHAME!!! ONE STEP FORWARD AND TEN STEPS BACKWARDS FOR IPOH AND THEIR “SO-CALLED” REFORMED ANIMAL CRUELTY AWARNESS.

  17. Even animals have a life. They too share the same pain and joy like any other creature on earth. We have no right to unnecessarily cause pain to any living creature. I am sure there are many other ways of solving the problems of these animals than inflicting such pain. I cannot and do not want to imagine how this dog must be suffering. I pray to God it has died so that its suffering is gone. I hope , in future, more compassion is exercised.

  18. It is indeed a shame when a promise or an undertaking given in good faith (which I would like to
    believe so) has been broken. How will anyone be trusted for their words of promise in the future? Yes we are all aware that the authorities have their discretion to change their ‘mind’ as & when it suits the situation especially so if the animal is deemed dangerous to human kind. But how is barking at a couple of nurses be considered dangerous? Is shooting the animal the only way? Is shooting a cheaper & easy method, without incurring more expenses? What are we teaching our younger generation today? I am really disappointed with this inhuman act being carried out without much care & thought for all living beings especially the dogs. It is indeed a shame!

  19. Why can’t the people in authority do things right? Do you think you have more right to live on this earth than any animal or for that matter, any other human being?? I am a Muslim but it pains me so much to hear about a dog being shot and left to die like that!

    It pains me! It makes me so angry to hear that it happened right here in Ipoh.. Again and again, it happens in Ipoh!It clearly shows that the State Municipal Council has no ability to handle the problem efficiently. If you can’t do it, please liase with the NGOs who are more than willing to help!

    As NAI rep said, we don’t oppose the need to put down dangerous dogs, was this dog dangerous? I appeal to all the people out there, let’s make our stand to show our opposition to way DBI has handled this matter! After the pet hotel incident, I believe the people in Malaysia has risen to voice out our anger and dissatisfaction over the way pets and animals are treated in Malaysia. We must rally together again for the benefit of the animals who can’t speak for themselves

    Come on DBI- act with your heart please! First they say they don’t shoot, then they say they shoot. Which one is it Datuk Bandar?? Stop the merciless shooting, act more humanely please.

  20. I am not an animal lover. But allow me to say how MBI handles this stray dogs issue is totally unacceptable!

    MBI LIED!!..Shame on you..

  21. After reading this article, I can’t stop picturing how this poor dog had to run for his life when the shooters were approaching and How he had suffered before death.
    Perhaps Ipoh Mayor Mr.Roshidi and the MBI officials don’t bother much. We are talking about a living creature here. How can one be so cold blooded, I wonder.

    Some Muslims friends of mine once told me, that their religion is Against one life causing another SUFFERING.
    ??So how do you explain this?

    WE are talking about a “Decision that has been made” by MBI after a long period of negotiation and meetings between the NGO’s and MBI officials.
    ??Can MBI just take back their words, JUST LIKE THAT?

    How do you expect us to have faith in you in the coming future..

  22. The act of shooting strays is so disgusting and inhumane; even euthanizing healthy animals. I just can’t imagine how human beings can be so unfeeling as to snuff the life out of a living animal. More so in this case where the dog in question had to go through great, unimaginable suffering.

    It is also a big shame that DBI had gone back on its words of not shooting strays, backed by Mr Mayor’s statement that he had “the prerogative to decide on the shooting of dogs”. That is arrogant. If they had any sense at all they would have sought the assistance of relevant animal welfare groups in this particular matter. So think before you act, DBI.

    Besides that, the public, too, need to be educated to not dump their unwanted pets on the streets or marketplace. It is such a shameful society that we live in where people are capable of doing such things to their own pets. This contributes to the high population of strays. Give unwanted pets away to friends instead of dumping them. If anyone is not capable of caring for a pet, do the society a favour, DON’T keep any. Perhaps the authorities should work together with animal welfare groups to have awareness campaigns that also encourage the neutering of animals. Something needs to be done to keep the population of strays down. And that excludes shooting, please.

  23. Two words described these ppl at MBI – heartless & cruel. No love to animals particularly dogs and no sense for heritage conservation.

  24. Shame on Ipoh Mayor, shame on MBI and the enforcement officers.
    Save your excuses and just admit YOU are NOTHING but a BIG FAT LIAR.
    This is just another incident showing us how INHUMANE the strays been treated here in Malaysia.

    Please share this article with all your friends.

  25. It’s impossible to imagine the immense pain endured by this dog which was shot and severely injured. If our Mayor had witnessed the horrific trail of blood, he would then have a better understanding as to why tranquillizing and euthanizing a dog is a much more humane method compared to shooting aimlessly which is so cruel. Children in this surrounding area would have witnessed this incident.

  26. They shot a dog because it was barking at the nurses? Did they expect the dog to whistle at the nurses instead? That’s what dogs do, they Bark to alert humans. Sad society we are in.

  27. Really has the “Spunk” incident brought about an meaningful change in attitude in DBI ?

    They lied. They told us cock and bull stories. They could not provide a definitive solution.

    It is high time people started taking this seriously, as we can see that is no real will from the DBI to handle this apart from the inhumane treatment of strays. They wish to remain in the dark ages for reasons no one can understand.

    Ipohites must start their own initiative on this issues and make the difference. If a stray is found, please make the effort calling the SPCA. If you’ve got the nerve or the guts, please try to catch the lost animal and send it to the SPCA or to any of the shelters.

    Needless to say, you have to get your hands dirty, if the situation is to improve, even slightly. Forget about screaming “I pay my taxes so they have to provide the service” – it is futile.

    The DBI’s plan to outsource is another slice of the budget that will drain our reserves and fill selected pockets. We really have to start looking at sustaining our sanity without further dependence on the current DBI trend of official malaise. They must be voted into office if this situation is to change at all.

    Start on our own or we are no better than the Mayor and his band of incompetents.

  28. Noah’s Ark is not opposed to putting dangerous dogs down.We are aware that they do get many complaints and their priority should be humans. What we are incensed about is the fact that these so called sharp shooters do not make a clean kill. They injure the animal and let it escape to die a painful death. What has the council achieved by doing this? If there is a dog barking and chasing people surely they could have sought the assistance of the DVS or animal welfare group or vet who can assist them. Noah’s Ark has asked the council to work with them on this issue. Malika.

  29. It’s disgusting to know that MBI officers lack professionalism in their work. When will we see the day that MBI officers realised they are here to serve the city and the people. High time to shape up, Mr. Mayor.

  30. Great now we have an honest answer. They should be ashamed for not admitting this when we asked them if they were shooting earlier. To look at us and say they were not aware of it beggars belief.

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