Malacca CM okays dogs in terrace houses for now

idris-haron_dog_house_600

PETALING JAYA: Dog owners in terrace houses in Malacca will get to keep their dogs, until an amicable solution is found.

The Star Online quoted state Chief Minister Idris Haron saying that he had instructed all local councils to continue issuing dog licences and to work on resolving matters relating to vicious dogs and loud barking, which form the bulk of complaints.

According to Idris, onus would be given to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and other animal welfare groups to give feedback on how to resolve the complaints.

“Let these groups give us the crucial input for us to outline a proper ruling without burdening any parties,” Idris told the portal.

It was reported earlier that the ruling had been in place since 2013, but for some reason, it became news “all of a sudden.”

“Never mind we don’t waste time on who is right or wrong but look into an amicable solution for all parties while not ignoring the welfare of the dogs.

“Let us also look into how to manage complaints made by residents, especially neighbours of dog owners with the recommendations from the stakeholders,” he was quoted as saying, adding that he would hold a meeting with the local authorities on the matter soon.

News of the ruling, which broke yesterday, created a widespread backlash from various quarters.

It also triggered an online petition by a group of dog owners, urging the state to allow dogs in terraced homes.

In response, Malacca Housing, Local Government and Environment Committee Chairman Ismail Othman later said that licences were issued on a case-by-case basis.