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Who let the dogs out in Sibu? Errant owners, says council chairman
Tarikh : 28 Mar 2020  Sumber Berita: The Star

SIBU (Bernama): The Sibu Municipal Council's (SMC) effort to contain the stray dogs problem has met with little success.

Council chairman Clarence Ting today blamed this on owners who let their dogs loose.

“I have written many times about dogs being let loose on the residential roads and over the last few months, SMC has handled a lot of feedback on the dog nuisance in their neighbourhood, ” he posted on Facebook.

He said SMC's dog catching unit had caught 83 dogs in January and 96 dogs in February but strays remained a problem.

Ting was sharing the heartbreaking news on the death of a five-year-old girl, Abbiera Mia Alexson, at Sibu Hospital on Thursday (March 26).

She is suspected to have been infected with rabies after she was bitten by a stray dog early this month at Jalan Sentosa.

He said it was a needless tragedy and the community needed to wake up to the dangers.

“I have given instructions to catch and put down all dogs within city limits. This will continue until residents appreciate their pets and the dangers they pose to others, ” he said.

Sibu divisional health officer Dr Teh Jo Hun was reported to have said that the girl had been given the best possible treatment when she was brought to the hospital but her condition deteriorated and she began to develop severe symptoms.

SMC enforcement officers went to the area to investigate the case but the stray dog had died the day after it attacked the girl.

Dr Teh said it has yet to be confirmed whether or not the girl died from rabies as they had to wait for blood test results from Kuching and Kuala Lumpur.

The official cause of death will only be announced by the State Disaster Management Committee. – Bernama