Learn­ing from Spunk

Ban brings some re­lief for dog own­ers.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LIFESTYLE -

LIFE is a great teacher – whether you are able­bod­ied or a per­son with a dis­abil­ity.

My ad­ven­ture last week proved to be a per­fect ex­am­ple.

By now, many of you would have heard the fan­tas­tic news from Ipoh that is still caus­ing waves of cel­e­bra­tion among an­i­mal lovers.

The Ipoh City Coun­cil (MBI) de­cided to ban the shoot­ing of dogs.

This came into ef­fect af­ter a ther­apy dog named Spunk be­long­ing to a re­tired se­nior woman had been shot dead by mis­take.

The lady and her dog were mem­bers of Petpos­i­tive, a na­tional an­i­mal-as­sisted ther­apy so­ci­ety in which I serve as pres­i­dent.

I was priv­i­leged to be among the lo­cal an­i­mal wel­fare groups that met MBI of­fi­cials on Nov 16 when the ban was de­clared.

Prior to the event, none of us knew what the out­come would be.

How­ever, my NGO and oth­ers in Ipoh felt strongly that our mis­sion was to meet the coun­cil as quickly as pos­si­ble to try and voice our opin­ions about the shoot­ing.

A ma­jor part of my mo­ti­va­tion came from my per­sonal in­volve-

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