The Ipoh City Council (MBI) received a total of 417 complaints regarding stray animals lingering outside during the Movement Control Order (MCO) this year.
The Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud said the overall number of complaints has increased and most of them involve cats and dogs.
According to Rumaizi, the issue was due to the dumping of pet animals by owners and some were left to roam without control in addition to the existing strays.
He added that most of the animals were old.
“In our area, there are also cows or goats that are released, however, that usually happens in rural areas.
“Therefore, we (MBI) will capture these stray animals with the cooperation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and place them in a designated area,” he explained.
He said so during a phone interview with Kool FM radio presenters, AG, Haiza and Muaz on the Kool segment recently.
Touching on the situation in Ipoh following the implementation of MCO 3.0, Rumaizi said the residents in Ipoh are complying with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). There were a few who violated the rules but everything is still under control.
“Besides, MBI is also assisting in the vaccination process at the Stadium Indera Mulia Vaccination Centre (PPV) as well as allocating a temporary COVID-19 patient treatment centre at the MBI badminton court (Arena Badminton Perak),” he said.