‘Why locate dog pound in Malay area?’

Shariful-Azhar-Othman

GEORGE TOWN: Why locate a dog pound in a Malay area, an Umno rep queried at the Penang Legislative Assembly today.

Bertam assemblyman Shariful Azhar Othman said a dog pound in Jalan Datuk Haji Ahmad Badawi, Kepala Batas, had been a nuisance to many living nearby.

“Why are there so many dogs in one area, especially when there are many Malays living in the area.

“The people have complained of barking and other nuisance caused by them.

“I had written to the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) on this matter, but there was no reply,” he said.

Shariful added that the premises was not suitable for a dog shelter as it was located close to a village and was flood prone.

“Can the dog pound be moved elsewhere?” he queried.

Shariful was posing a supplementary question to Chow Kon Yeow (DAP-Padang Kota) during the Question and Answer Session at the state assembly today.

Chow said the dog pound was founded by animal lovers and they had been advised to reduce the number of canines in shelter.

“We have also ordered them to build a tall wall around the pound so that it would be shielded from public view.

“MPSP had conducted checks on the premises and found it to be clean.

“However, the council officers had found them discharging waste water directly into the drain.

“They have been advised to not flush animal waste into the drain and have been issued a nuisance notice,” he said.

Chow said MPSP had conducted enforcement and observation on the pound six times from April last year to March this year.