Buangkok residents and AVA in 2-hour stand-off over stray dogs

Buangkok residents and AVA in 2-hour stand-off over stray dogs
DISPUTE: The police were called in on Saturday night to settle the confrontation over the stray dogs (above).

Over the past week, Madam Helen Tan, 53, has been having sleepless nights.

The Buangkok resident has been feeding stray dogs in the area for the past seven years and now, her worst nightmare has come true.

From last Thursday to Saturday, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) was in the neighbourhood trying to capture stray dogs by laying traps.

The AVA said it was taking action against the strays because some residents had complained of being chased by packs of dogs.

Over the past year, it has received more than 120 complaints about stray dogs, mostly about them roaming in packs.

A two-hour confrontation broke out between some residents and AVA officers last Saturday night, Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported.

More than 10 residents created a ruckus and tried to stop the AVA officers from catching the strays.

AVA did not manage to catch any dogs that night and left with two cages, the residents said.

A police spokesman said they received a call over the dispute at Buangkok Link on Saturday.

He said that the parties involved were told not to breach the peace and they acknowledged this.

"No further police assistance was required," he added.

Madam Tan, a renovation contractor who lives on the 14th storey of a block overlooking a forested area where some of the dogs roam, said: "I try not to be too friendly with the dogs because I'm worried they will become used to humans and get trapped by the AVA.

"I haven't been going to work because I'm always worried that the AVA would be there before me. I've been told that they will be coming back."

Another resident who often feeds the dogs and who wanted to be known only as Madam Rekha, 38, was also concerned that the dogs would be taken away and put down.

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