Animal Rescue in Setapak
On 13 May 2021, SAFM received a complaint of a pet dumping incident involving a dog abandoned by its owner without food or water supply for 2 months. The dog was discovered in an apartment unit in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
When neighbouring residents realized loud barking noises, they became suspicious and forwarded their concerns to the building management committee. The apartment owner was contacted and revealed that the tenant had long left the unit. As the apartment had not been inspected since the departure of the tenant, the apartment owner was not aware that a dog had been left to fend for itself within the unit. SAFM members managed to rescue the traumatised and frail-looking dog found in unsanitary conditions with its faeces littered everywhere.
Animal cruelty is a criminal offence in Malaysia. Section 29 of the Animal Welfare Act 2015 states that any person being the owner of an animal commits an offence by abandoning the animal in circumstances that it is likely to suffer trauma, pain, or suffering by reason of relocation, starvation, thirst, injury, or illness. Upon conviction, the individual shall be liable to a fine of not less than RM20,000 and not more than RM100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not more than three years or to both. As such, pet owners are strongly urged to be responsible citizens and avoid any form of animal cruelty.
Currently, the dog is in KC Valley Animal Shelter under the care of Mr. KC, the owner of the shelter. SAFM thanks Mr. KC for his kindness in providing temporary shelter for the dog pending investigation by the Department of Veterinary Services for further action.
SAFM welcomes donations to support KC Valley Animal Shelter and Mr. KC to continue caring for and protecting abandoned and stray animals.
Name : Persatuan Haiwan Terbiar Malaysia (SAFM)