ALOR STAR, Malaysia - Traders in Jalan Kanchut near here could not help feeling worried over the presence of a pack of stray dogs roaming in the area.
The problem began several months ago when more than 10 strays made a vacant building in the neighbourhood their shelter. Siti Aminah Nayan, 19, said the dogs struck fear in her customers.
"About 10 dogs can be seen running around on any given day. The number would increase in the evenings," said the supervisor of a coffee shop here, expressing her fear that the canines may attack the people.
"Business has also been affected.
"Some of my customers would feel uncomfortable as most of the dogs suffer from skin diseases," said Siti Aminah.
"The dogs are a nuisance as they rummage through the garbage bins in search of food," she added.
Alor Star district Veterinary Department assistant Abu Bakar Saleh said a total of 482 stray dogs had been rounded up last year. "Between January and this month, we have caught 301 stray dogs from the housing areas.
"The highest number of strays rounded up was between May and last month. All the stray dogs that we caught will be put to sleep.