PAWS: Anger does not justify abuse of pets

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PETALING JAYA: Seeing red does not give one the right to violently assault a dog, PAWS Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) shelter manager Edward Lim said.

Responding to an incident which saw a man punching and kicking a guard dog in Puchong last week, Lim said while it was only human to get angry, it did not warrant such a response.

“He claims to be an animal lover but would an animal lover do such a thing?”

Lim told FMT the man should have lodged a report with the residents’ association.

“We cannot take the law into our own hands. The best way of dealing with such cases is to go through the proper channels instead of beating the dog.”

He, however, said the guard could also be held responsible for failing to secure the canine properly since if she had done so, the incident wouldn’t have occurred.

Lim also advised the public to properly secure their dogs and ensure their pets did not become a nuisance to others.

In the incident earlier this month, a man in his 30s was caught on CCTV punching and kicking a guard dog at a guardhouse in Taman Melody, Puchong.

In the three-minute recording, the man is seen riding a bicycle, carrying his own pet dog in a basket.

Suddenly, the guardhouse dog breaks free from its leash and charges at the man, causing him to fall off his bicycle.

The man loses his cool and runs up to the guardhouse, grabs the dog and punches it repeatedly. He also uses a motorcycle helmet there to hit the dog.

He is later seen carrying the helpless animal behind the guardhouse, out of view of the CCTV camera, where he is believed to have continued hitting the dog.

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