Somali who ‘helped’ to care for pet throws it into manholePETALING JAYA: The deliberate killing of a pet dog by two men who were caught on video throwing it into a manhole has raised the hackles of animal lovers.
Worse, the persons who killed the dog had earlier volunteered to care for the pet, claims the owner, a Jordanian student.
“I went back to Jordan on June 24. My housemate's friend, a Somali student, offered to care for my dog Kanilla for a month,” said the 19-year-old, adding that the female dog was a cross between a Pitt Bull and a Dalmatian.
On July 19, the owner was shocked when he received a message from the Somali student claiming that Kanilla had run away.
Further distress awaited the owner when he came back to Malaysia on July 26.
“My housemate showed me a video of the Somali student and another person throwing Kanilla into a manhole in Cyberjaya,'' he said.
He said he was broken-hearted over the cruelty inflicted upon Kanilla.
The owner claimed that the perpetrators had used his housemate's laptop to transfer some files, including the offending video, and had forgotten to erase them after that.
He has lodged a police report at the Cyberjaya police station on July 31 with help from the Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
“Cruelty comes in many forms but this is particularly very shocking,'' said SPCA chairman Christine Chin.
“I urge the authorities to take the necessary action and to make a stand that animal abuse would not be tolerated in Malaysia.”
Stills of the video were also forwarded to canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) which posted the pictures on its Facebook page.
The posting garnered countless comments from enraged people from Malaysia as well as overseas,
Among those who commented was renowned bassist Andy Peterson who said: “Get the one who took the picture too.”
A Malaysian living in Canada, Juliana Vincent-Phillips, said the perpetrators should be deported, adding that “no one will miss these scums”.
MDDB rescue coordinator Irene Low said more police reports were being lodged to lend support to the SPCA's initial report.
She urged the public to obtain the sample report from the MDDB Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MalaysianDogsDeserveBetter
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