He trans­ported his pet dog without per­mit from Sarawak ve­teri­nary au­thor­ity

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AMAN was de­tained and fined by au­thor­i­ties for mov­ing his pet dog out of a rabies-in­fected area without a move­ment per­mit from the state ve­teri­nary au­thor­ity.

The Sarawak State Disas­ter Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee Sec­re­tariat said the dog was trans­ported by air from Kuch­ing to Lawas via a tran­sit in Miri on Mon­day.

Fol­low­ing a tip-off from an air­line agent, ve­teri­nary per­son­nel ar­rested the man upon his ar­rival in Lawas to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the sec­re­tariat said the man was the first per­son to be fined RM500 un­der the Ve­teri­nary Pub­lic Health Or­di­nance 1999.

The dog has been vac­ci­nated and is un­der ob­ser­va­tion.

This comes af­ter a di­rec­tive ban­ning the mov­ing of dogs, which came into force on Oct 6.

Road­blocks have been set up to en­force the ban, which was im­ple­mented to con­tain the rabies out­break.

The po­lice and au­thor­i­ties have the right to stop any­one from trans­port­ing dogs.

Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Em­bas an­nounced three new rabies-in­fected ar­eas in Sarawak.

They are Dalat Dis­trict Health Of­fice in Mukah, Miri Air­port, and Shin Yang Ply­wood Sdn Bhd in Kuala Baram, Miri.

There are 44 rabies-af­fected ar­eas in the state.

The out­break, which was first de­tected in Se­rian on June 30 last year, has claimed 12 lives.

Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Em­bas

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