The Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, has expressed regret about the rough treatment of a dog by Subang Jaya Municipal Council staff during an operation to round up strays, captured on a widely-shared video recently.
Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin who is also the patron of the Stray-Free Selangor campaign, was disappointed and saddened that cases of cruelty still occurred despite the numerous awareness campaigns on strays.
“I was very upset by the video clip which showed Subang Jaya Municipal Council employees trying to catch a stray dog in an utterly inhumane way.
“I urge the authorities to be more sensitive and humane in dealing with cases involving abandoned animals on the streets,” she said in a statement posted on the Selangor Royal Office Facebook page today.
Subang Jaya council staff came under fire after a video was circulated showing how they behaved when catching strays.
She was also informed that state executive councillor Ng Sze Han had apologised for the abusive behaviour of MPSJ staff towards passers-by who tried to intervene.
Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin hoped that proper procedures would be strictly followed when catching strays, to ensure the well-being of the animals and the safety of the local authorities involved.
“I cannot emphasise more on the importance of carrying out the procedure as closely as possible without harming or injuring the animals. The procedure needs to be revised and implemented according to situations.
“Once and for all I urge everyone, regardless the authorities or the general public, to develop compassion for stray animals in need of care and attention,” she said.
Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin reminded all parties to take heed of the Animal Welfare Act 2015 which provides for a fine of RM20,000 to RM100,000 or up to 3 years imprisonment, for those who commit acts of cruelty to animals.