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Luyang residents urged to keep pets within compound
Published on: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
By: Sidney Skinner
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City Hall staff hands out flyers to rate-payers in this Luyang neighbourhood.
City Hall has distributed flyers in a Luyang neighbourhood, asking rate-payers to ensure that their canines were licensed and kept within their compound.

A spokesman for the agency said the documents were handed to homeowners, or placed in their post boxes, in the third week of July.

He said dog-owners would be given a grace period to comply with these instructions.

“Our workers will not hesitate to catch any dogs found wandering unsupervised on housing roads and other public areas after this,” he said.

“Owners will have 24 hours to claim their pets. Should they have fail to do so, then we will have no choice but to dispose of these animals.”

He was responding to a rate-payer’s displeasure about the inconsiderate actions of a several dog-owners in the area where he stays.

Their pets have been seen on and off roaming about the housing road, where they chased motorcyclists and pedestrians. 

Some of these canine apparently escape from the compound when their owner drives in and out of his home.

The resident related his frustrations in a letter to Hotline which was forwarded to the agency.

Where no one was home, these documents were left in the respective post boxes.

 

The spokesman said the agency’s dog-control unit had several inspections of the neighbourhood.

“Two strays were caught during these visits,” he said.

“The Unit has been instructed to make periodic checks of the common areas here to minimise the nuisance posed by canines.”

BENG, who lives along Lorong Palas 1A, said the dogs were a bother to those going-on foot, including the elderly and children who attended a school in the area.

“In June last year, a 10-year old girl was almost bitten by one of these canines while she walking to school,” he said.

“On occasion, I have heard the sound of the dogs fighting among themselves coming from somewhere along the road in front of my home.”

He said, off late, some of the canines had taken to chasing maids and e-hailing drivers on bikes.

Beng said he had made several reports to City Hall about this nuisance.

“I first contacted the agency in June 2019 and then again a year later,” he said.

“When I asked why my initial complaint had not been attended to, I was told that, at the time, the truck used by the agency’s dog-control unit had broken down.

“Somehow they managed to overlook his complaint once the vehicle was road-worthy again.”

He said he had already contacted the agency three times about the dogs since June.

“In most of these instance, their workers came to check and managed to catch some of the canines. 

“To my dismay, however, the same dogs were seen running along the stretch several days later.”

When he asked City Hall about this, he was informed that the canines had been returned after their owners had settled a compound and applied for a licence.

At one stage, Beng even tried to facilitate the agency’s efforts to deal with this problem by following the dogs, while they were on the housing road, to their hiding-place.

His actions, however, proved in vain.

“I was told that City Hall workers could not catch the dogs seen in the photos I provided of the hiding-place.

“I was told that this was because these canines had collars.”

Frustrated by this turn of events, the rate-payer turned to the Mayor and a local politician for help.

So far, however, the nuisance still persists.

“I hope the local authorities will crackdown on irresponsible pet-owners, before an innocent comes to harm.

“With school reopened, more and more kids have seen walking on the housing road. I would hate for any of these youngsters to be mauled, or worse still catch rabies.


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