TAIPING – The Taiping Municipal Council (MPT) will help to dispose off the carcases of the stray dogs which are shot in Kuala Sepetang at the garbage disposal site in Matang in the effort to check the spread of rabies.
MPT president Datuk Abd Rahim Md Ariff said the council would help the Perak Veterinary Services Department (JPV) to dispose off all the carcases of these stray dogs.
“Dogs with permits will be vaccinated to prevent the spread of the outbreak,” he told reporters after a ceremony to demonstrate the picus sonic tomograph equipment for tree risk assessments in Taman Tasik here today.
In addition, Abd Rahim said 24 dog permits were issued in Kuala Sepetang from January until this month.
“A dog permit costs RM18 each and will not incur the Goods and Services Tax (GST), so we urge dog owners to register and obtain a legitimate permit,” he said.
On Monday, the Perak state government gazetted the Matang sub-district in the Larut, Matang and Selama District as a rabies area after a dog died on July 13 from the disease.
Meanwhile, in TANJUNG MALIM, State Health, Public Transport, Non-Muslim Affairs, National Integration and New Village Committee chairman Datuk Mah Hang Soon said 65 dogs and 67 cats in Kuala Sepetang, Taiping were vaccinated by JPV.
Dr Mah said JPV had also taken eight samples from 48 stray dogs which had to be destroyed in the rabies area and sent to the Veterinary Research Institute in Ipoh yesterday to be analysed.
“Tests on five of the eight samples which were taken from the dogs in Kuala Sepetang were found to be rabies-free.
“Meanwhile, the results of tests on three more samples will be known on Friday,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting of the Perak Action Committee To Tackle Rabies Epidemic at the Tanjung Malim District Council here today.
In the meantime, Dr Mah said all dog owners from the Matang sub-district were not allowed to take out the animal from the sub-district which had been gazetted as a rabies area.
He said the police had been asked to conduct road blocks to prevent rabies from spreading to other districts.
“No dogs are allowed to enter or leave the rabies area which was declared under the Rabies Outbreak Area Order effective July 17.
“A written approval from the Perak JPV is needed to enter or leave the rabies area or face action under the law,” he said. – BERNAMA