IPOH - Quick action by two good Samaritans has possibly saved hundreds of dogs in the Tanjung Malim district from untimely deaths.
The Ipoh Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (ISPCA), with the help of state executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, managed to halt the "One Dog 10 Ringgit" campaign just in the nick of time.
Under the campaign, which was supposed to take place from Wednesday until June 12, members of the public would be paid RM10 (S$3.66) for each canine they hand over to the Tanjung Malim District Council.
ISPCA president Ricky Soong said netizens had approached the society for help on its Facebook page at about 8pm Tuesday.
"People were outraged at the district council," he said Wednesday.
Soong added that he then called Dr Mah for help, explaining that it was not the right way to go about dealing with stray dogs.
"Dr Mah assured me that he would help and by 11pm, I saw that all posts on the campaign had been deleted from the district council's Facebook page.
"At about midnight, the poster on the campaign was taken down from the district council's website and not long after at about 1am, it announced that the campaign was cancelled, to my relief," Soong related.
Soong believes that had the campaign gone on, hundreds of dogs would have been killed cruelly.
"I do understand that the district council's intention is to deal with the problem of strays but its method is just too cruel.
"I'm sure they were going to put the dogs to sleep instead of neutering or spaying them as to do so would cost them between RM100 and RM150 per animal," he said.
Ipoh's catch-a-stray-dog campaign nixed after drawing flak
A controversial dog-catching campaign that was supposedly to start Wednesday has been pounded.
The Tanjung Malim district council has issued a notice cancelling the "One dog RM10" campaign, following widespread criticism on social media.
The campaign was meant to encourage the public to catch stray dogs, with the council offering to pay RM10 per animal.
The campaign was widely shared on social media, including Facebook and social messaging application Whatsapp.