Dogs slashed in Ranau and Kinarut
Published on: Saturday, July 17, 2021
By: Dr Roslee bin Haji Abbas
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HElping Animals Rescue Team (Heart)

THE number of animal cruelty cases in Sabah are quite worrying, but it is due to public awareness of the need to address animal cruelty in the State. Torturing a defenceless animal is not accepted by society.

A dog is known to be man’s best friend but these days people have become quite intolerant of this loyal creature. Cases of dogs being killed, attacked and hurt are rising in Sabah.

This planet belongs to all creatures, not just man. If some people justify that these stray/homeless dogs bite and are a danger to the public, so should be killed, then by this logic, all humans should also be killed because in spite of having intelligence, man kills, rapes and robs his own fellow men!

Two stray/community dogs in separate locations, were attacked with a machete. Their injuries were severe but they survived.

Heart received a distressed call at about 8am on June 30 about a community dog bleeding from apparent slash wounds in Kg Borok Parancangan Ranau. We are shocked the dog was attacked with a machete. According to witnesses, a homeless/community dog in Ranau was found slashed, beaten and covered in blood. The dog was struck on the leg with the weapon leaving him with deep gashes on his leg. He was petrified and breathing heavily. Absolutely heartbreaking to know the act of violence that was inflicted on the poor dog.

The dog, whom we named “Hero”, was badly injured but survived. He was senselessly attacked by a man with a machete while wandering in the durian farm. The dog tried to intervene to protect the durian farm. It’s still not clear what he was doing in the durian farm. We found a motorbike belonging to the culprit parked near the durian farm. The suspect is from another village in Ranau.

We managed to get the injured animal into our car and rushed him to vet clinic in Ranau for emergency treatment. We could see blood pouring from a large gash in the side of his leg. Fortunately, he survived his injuries, even though he lost a lot of blood before arriving at vet clinic. The vet was able to clean and stitch up the wound to stabilise the dog and then we lodged the matter to the Ranau police station.

A few days later, there was a precisely similar incident. The stray/community dog in Taman Kinarut, Papar, was far more gravely injured.

A man slashed the neck of the dog that had wandered into the streets. We were truly appalled. Witnesses saw a man with a machete who was yelling, “I’m going to kill this (expletive) dog for chasing my daughter”. When we found the dog, it was bleeding profusely surrounded by distraught people, with towels wrapped around his neck to stop the bleeding. It’s just sickening and sad. The dog’s spirits were absolutely amazing. Despite the trauma, he’s very good- natured.

We were called for assistance to help the injured two-year old dog that frantically yelped in pain. We restrained the injured dog and took him to a veterinarian where life-saving treatment was rendered. The vet found that the dog’s neck had a 15cm deep machete injury.

His condition was serious, he immediately proceeded to intubate and operated on him. Surgery revealed a large incision up to the deep muscles of the area. The wound was sutured and a drainage tube was placed. The animal was in shock but expected to survive, despite suffering from several severe wounds in the neck. Although the dog will make a full recovery, this is very much down to luck because his injuries were severe.

We want justice for these two dogs and had lodged a police report and Sabah Department of Veterinary Services on both cases. Police are investigating the above cases and circumstances surrounding the incident.

Animal cruelty is nothing new in Sabah, and it is happenning even more frequently in recent years. However, many Sabahans are unaware for a matter of fact (and of law) that animals actually do have rights!

And this general lack of awareness is one of the main reasons why animal cruelty happens, or go unreported. Animal rights are found in a legislation called Sabah Animals Welfare Enactment 2015. This enactment extends even to strays, as even the local authorities have to follow guidelines issued by the Sabah Department of Veterinary Services in exterminating stray animals.

Under the Sabah Animal Welfare Enactment 2015, animal abusers faced a maximum fine of RM 100,000, or three years in jail, or both. Despite the Sabah’s Animal Welfare Enactment 2015 which ensures that those caught acting cruelly towards animals are adequately punished – many animal abusers get away unscathed.

We need to send a message to the public that animal abuse and cruelty should never be tolerated, while more campaigns must be held to create awareness of the issue. People must be reminded that they will get harsher penalties for mistreating animals under Sawe, which was enforced in 2015.

It is gratifying to know that some animal abusers are being charged and sentenced for their crimes. Homeless animals and pets are to be protected and loved and cared, not abused and tortured. But are we doing enough? Did the abuser get what he or she deserved?

The punishment for such cruelty must commensurate with the gravity of the crime.

For, it is a crime to inflict pain and torture on defenceless creatures. Just as we should be responsible for the environment and all living things in it, so too should we care for the animal kingdom.

We hope the Sabah Veterinary Services Department can employ and train more animal welfare officers, who must have compassion for animals, as the implementation of the law relies on people’s compassion, along with training.

The Education Ministry must inculcate love and compassion for animals in students. This will create a generation that respects animal welfare and is against animal cruelty.

Firstly, more awareness campaigns need to be carried out. Awareness campaigns could be targeted at children in order to educate them about how animals need and deserve to be treated. Other campaigns, meanwhile, can also be targeted at the public to raise awareness on the importance of reporting any case of animal abuse.

Secondly, the punishment for animal cruelty must commensurate with the gravity of the crime. We may send the message that animal abuse will not be tolerated by making a slight amendment to the Sabah Animal Welfare Enactment 2015 (Sawe) to include mandatory jail sentences.

Heart rescues the most disadvantaged homeless /stray animals living on the streets – and to protect the rights of these voiceless animals. We do whatever it takes to help these injured, abandoned, starving homeless animals to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential.

To help us continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please donate whatever you can. You can make a difference and will help us save lives.

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 our medical, food and foster expenses please send your money to:


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