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Dog owner must be held responsible, says Petpositive

 | May 9, 2012

Petpositive chief Anthony Thanasayan said that the authorities must act against the dog breeder for selling the dog without proper guidelines.

PETALING JAYA: The dog owner must he held responsible for the death of an elderly man in Subang Jaya, said Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive) president Anthony Thanasayan.

Thanasayan said the authorities must also hold the dog breeder responsible as well for the tragedy.

“The dog itself is a victim here. Besides, that if the breed is banned by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS). Why is it being sold then?” asked Thanasayan.

Yip Sun Wah ,74, lost his life after being attacked by a pit bull while he was jogging in Subang Jaya.

The attack occurred in Jalan SS19/5B, Subang Jaya, which is about one kilometre away from his home.

The dog is said to have ran out of its home and attacked Yip for nearly four minutes. The dog is owned by a 25-year-old accountant.

The police are currently investigating the matter under Section 304(a) of the Penal Code for causing death by negligence, which carries a maximum two years’ jail sentence or a fine or both.

Thanasayan said the local councils must enforce stricter rules by registering breeders and dog trainers to ensure only qualified ones get to train dogs.

“Dogs should never be trained to attack people. Get an alarm system if you want better protection for your houses,” said Thanasayan who is also a councillor for the Petaling Jaya City Hall.

The accountant got the dog three months ago, after her house was robbed.

It’s a Bull Terrier

Thanaysan also said that it was obvious the retailer who sold the dog to the accountant did not give her a proper guidelines on how to manage her pet.

He added that the local councils should create awareness among the public on how to avoid dog attacks, especially for the elderly, the disabled and children.

“Dogs can attack people if they are not properly trained. We need tougher enforcement on this matter,” said Thanasayan.

He also hoped that the DVS would try its best to rehabilitate the dog instead of putting it to sleep.

Meanwhile, Selangor DVS deputy director Dr Fadzillah Radan said that dog that killed Yip was a miniature Bull Terrier and not a pit bull. But both breeds share many similar traits

Fadzillah also said that the dog is currently placed under observation as the case falls under the purview of the police.

“We have to observe the dog for about 10 to 14 days. Currently, the dog is calm and well-behaved,’ said Fadzillah.

When asked if the DVS would rehabilitate the dog or otherwise, Fadzillah said,” It’s a police case now. It will depend on the court whether we need to rehabiliate the dog or otherwise.”


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