‘Malacca ban on dogs in terrace houses inhumane’

PETALING JAYA: Dog lovers are outraged by the latest ruling by the Malacca Government to ban dogs in terrace houses, except in corner units, stating it was an “inhuman” decision in a country where dog ownership is already restricted.

They have demanded a reversal of the ruling which was apparently made due to complaints from residents.

They instead want the state government to encourage responsible dog ownership.

A petition in Change.Org wants dog owners to ensure their dogs do not cause unnecessary disturbance, such as allowing aggressive dogs to roam free or excessive barking.

“Dog owners must also train their dogs to not bark excessively or, if they are unable to do so, get their dogs debarked (a surgical procedure to reduce tissue in the vocal chords to lower the volume of the dog’s bark), a procedure that is irreversible, but a much more humane option than giving up a dog to an almost certain death or life on the streets,” said the writer of the petition, Carol N.

At the time the article was written, the website had collected 3,629 signatures. Its target is 5,000 signatures.

The petition is expected to be submitted to Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron and State Housing, Local Government and Environment Committee Chairman Ismail Othman.

In Malaysia, dogs are not allowed in high-rise residential buildings.

The petition said the latest blanket ruling will result in most dog owners giving up their dogs.

It said most of the dogs may end up in overcrowded shelters, abandoned to become strays or sent to local council dog pounds where the dogs may be put to sleep or meet a slow death due to poor living conditions there.

“The dogs and puppies in these dog pounds are forced to live in each other’s excrement with no one caring to clean up.”

The petition urged the state not to take the easy way out and condemn hundreds or thousands of dogs to a life of suffering that would eventually lead to early death.

The petition also demanded that dog owners have their pets spayed and vaccinated to reduce the number of unwanted strays and potential spread of disease.

“It urged the state committee to work together with animal welfare groups, SPCA and other animal rescue NGOs to come up with a solution that will not result in the dogs suffering needlessly.”