Ranau 'terror' dog caught, another still at large
Published on: Saturday, November 23, 2019
By: Clarence GD
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The dog that was caught. Inset from top: Jonathan, Bakri and Mama Anne.
RANAU: One of the dogs which mauled a Year One pupil here last Friday was caught by the Ranau Veterinary Service Department, Tuesday, but another is still at large.

Ranau Veterinary Service Department Enforcing Officer, Bakri Bin Kulalah, said a unit from the department set a cage trap near the house of the dog’s owner, believed to be a teacher at the victim’s school at SK Lipasu.

“Acting on the case, we decided to secure both the dogs. However upon arriving where the incident took place, we were told that only one was left.

“Apparently the individual there was also reluctant to admit that the dogs belonged to him and said he just fed the dogs that came to the house since the time they were puppies. 

“Following the incident, he apparently decided to take it somewhere else.

“The male dog with black and white fur is allegedly the one that first attacked the victim, before being joined by the male dog with peach fur. Looking at the pictures given to us, both dogs are of mixed breed,” he said.

Bakri said his personnel was told that the other dog was taken by the alleged owner to the rubbish dumpsite in Kg Tanah Merah about 10km away and abandoned there. 

“The first dog which was caught earlier was sent to our laboratory in Kepayan and we are trying to locate the other dog. Someone in the area said they spotted a black and white dog matching the description roaming the area earlier on Wednesday (despite the claim by the alleged owner),” he said.

The incident also caught the attention of Ranau MP Jonathan Yasin who wished the victim, Nursherlynda Amila, a speedy recovery.

“We feel sorry for what happened to adik Nursherlynda Amila. The injuries were so severe that the skin tissue was torn in the neck, thighs and some parts of the body.

“People who own fierce dogs must lock them away and if they cannot keep their dogs they should notify the Animal Protection Association for the group to take care of them so that these dogs do not harm people.

“If they fail to do so then local authorities should take action against these violent dogs including to dispose of them so that similar incidents do not recur,” said Jonathan.

Meanwhile, Bukit Harapan Housemother Datuk Mama Anne hoped the hospital authorities would consider providing meals for immediate parents of rural poor patients being treated at hospitals here.

She noted that the father of Nursherlynda is a Malim Gunung (Mountain porter) who only gets RM500 per month and it is financially challenging for the parents to be in the city for the duration of her hospitalisation.

She also hoped government hospitals could make available a space for out-of-town family members and relatives to rough out the night when visiting their beloved in hospital.

She said it would greatly help those who otherwise have to put up in lodgings in town or relatives.

“All they need is a space to lay down and sleep as it is now common to see them taking short naps here and there while waiting for their family members to recover,” she said. 


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