A dog, which had fallen into an uncovered manhole and remained trapped for six months, was rescued after all attempts to get the authorities’ help had failed. Cold and lonely, it had survived on the kindness of the residents in the area, who regularly lowered food into the manhole.
No one knew when the year-old Miniature Pinscher fell into the manhole at the back lane of Cempaka Sari 4, in Taman Cempaka. Its barking, months ago, had attracted the attention of the residents. Some kind soul then tied a plastic container (pic) for the residents to fill food and lower into the manhole for the dog.
Its plight came to the notice of an animal welfare NGO, Noah’s Ark Ipoh, last week. An animal rescuer, Victor Oates immediately went to the scene. Using a pole with a loop attached to it, he successfully brought the dog to the surface. “It is now being boarded and treated by Noah’s Ark,” said Oates, a 66-year-old retired gas engineer. “If not for the kindness and ingenuity of the neighbours, the dog could not have survived this long.”
Oates, who had taken on the role of a rescuer of animals in distress, has been taking on the task seriously for the last four years. “Since I have retired, I decided to take on the role and have found great pleasure in helping the poor animals,” he added.
All animals that have been rescued are neutered and treated. If no home can be found for them, they are later released at the locations where they were found.
On the claim by the Ipoh city council that it is “not practical” to adopt humane methods to overcome the problem of stray animals, Oates says that it all comes down to “dollars and cents”. “The city council probably finds it cheaper to pay for a bullet,” he said.