Sticks and stones: Abused dog rescued
Published on: Monday, October 12, 2020
By: Dr Roslee bin Haji Abbas
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HElping Animals Rescue Team (Heart) 

HOMELESS dogs and cats are living under horrible circumstances in Kota Kinabalu. Every day we hear a horrible story of homeless animal abuse that leaves us speechless! Sabah is in a desperate need of improvement when it comes to helping helpless animals. In Kota Kinabalu, not only adults do abuse stray cats and dogs, also younger boys and girls.

This story rescue is so heartbreaking, it all started in Lido Plaza, Penampang, when a homeless dog we named Koko faced a horrible life, people in Lido Plaza tried hundreds of times to poison him and they throw rocks at him because he is just a homeless “dog”. No one in the area ever offered him a home to stay in, or even food or water.

Local residents and people around the area stand by and watch a callous act by a group of young men continue to assault the dog with rocks. They were caught throwing rocks and sticks at the innocent dog and chasing him around the streets. How horrible! At one point a kind woman who was passing by the area comes between the poor doggo and the young men. The poor dog was covered in blood. The dog Koko was clearly suffering from the assault, and he was wounded in the hind legs from the cruel young men that abused him. 

A lack of empathy and a desire to exert power over a helpless animal indicate that these callous young men are likely to commit other violent crimes. We urge local police to treat acts of cruelty to animals like this with the seriousness they deserve, or other animal and perhaps human victims will likely follow. 

When two kind women, Eleanor and Christine informed us about the doggo Heart came in no time and rescued the dog Koko in Lido Plaza, Penampang. We were favouring one of his hind legs and it was evident he was injured and couldn’t move. Despite being tormented by these callous young men, he remains trusting, affectionate and this sweet boy couldn’t stop wagging his tail as we came close. 

Heart has made a police report against the young men for their brutal assault against a helpless dog, so as to ensure that the perpetrators of this abuse are brought to justice. We also lodged a report to the Department of Veterinary Services Sabah for the brutal assault against Koko. 

Whoever commits mischief by killing, physically abuse, poisoning, maiming, or rendering useless, any animal or animals, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or both. 

We rushed the dog Koko to the vet clinic for treatment. He had a left rear hip luxation with a bone fragment in the socket, his left shoulder was injured but not fractured. The pooch was treated with antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, painkillers and he is waiting for his major injuries to heal so he can have hip surgery. 

As of this writing, the dog is eating, is comfortable, and is getting the proper care he needs.

We receive no government funding and rely on the support and kindness from our community, private donations and charity bazaar to complete our mission. Heart does not euthanise animals to make space to house others. We are a no-kill animal welfare group and work to preserve life whenever possible.

We rely on donations from people like you who are willing to spend their hard-earned money to help animals in dire needs.

If you would like to help to pay for Koko’s medical veterinary bill and his other expenses please send your money to:



Account no.

70 3762569 4


And every ringgit helps! Thank you in advance for your generous, big and small (and no donation is too small).


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