TAIPING: Residents in Kuala Sepetang, near here, claim that more than 200 dogs roam the area, raising more concerns after two girls were recently bitten by an infected pet dog before it died.
Residents of this fishing village also claim that several dogs had mysteriously died of late, with some believing that it was due to rabies infection.
One of the residents, Lim Ka Hock,50, said the stray dogs mostly roamed the area at night.
“We are worried about this, more so with the rabies outbreak. We want the parties concerned to take appropriate action so that our health and lives are not endangered,” he said when met by Bernama.
Tan Kar Kee, 62, also hoped the relevant authorities would act fast including catching the stray dogs to prevent people from being bitten by these dogs
“I was shocked to hear about two children here being bitten by a dog and I hope this will not happen again,” he said.
However, Perak Veterinary Services director, Dr Fuziah Muhayat said the claims that many stray dogs in the area had died from rabies were mere rumours thus far.
“We are still investigating the matter thoroughly,” she said in her short reply via WhatsApp.
Meanwhile, the state Veterinary Services Department and Larut, Matang and Selama District Health Office are actively conducting public explanations on rabies in Kuala Sepetang.
Bernama found that its personnel were doing that from as early as 9am while monitoring the situation and conducting a survey on the number of dogs and cats in the area.
On July 4, two girls aged 11 and 12, in Kuala Sepetang were bitten by a pet dog which died eight days later. After being bitten by the two-year-old dog, the two cousins were reportedly sent to the Kuala Sepetang Health Clinic to have their wounds treated and given tetanus jabs.
They were later admitted to Taiping Hospital for further treatment. - Bernama