Vil­lagers living in fear of stray dogs

New Straits Times - - News -

VIL­LAGERS of Kam­pung Bun­tong in Ipoh, Perak, are living in fear of stray dogs.

K. Ku­mara, 45, said more than 10 dogs had been chas­ing after mo­torists and rum­mag­ing through rub­bish bins for about four months.

“Chil­dren are forced to stay in­doors as we are afraid that the dogs will bite them. No one has been at­tacked by the dogs, so far, but it may only be a mat­ter of time be­fore some­one is bit­ten. Their in­ces­sant bark­ing keeps us up at night.”

An­other res­i­dent, who wished to be known as Lim, said: “We do not want an­other case of ra­bies in the state. We are afraid for our health and safety. Even though we have re­ported this mat­ter to the city coun­cil sev­eral times, no ac­tion has been taken. An Ipoh City Coun­cil spokesman said an op­er­a­tion would be con­ducted soon to catch stray dogs in Ipoh.

“We are aware of the stray dogs in Kam­pung Bun­tong,” he said, adding that, as of last year, 3,000 stray dogs were cap­tured in Ipoh.

“We un­der­stand that the strays can pose health and safety risks to the pub­lic.”

PIC BY L. MANIMARAN

Kam­pung Bun­tong folk want the au­thor­i­ties to round up stray dogs in their neigh­bour­hood.

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