Notification with regard to the Amendment in the Animal Act 1954 (Amendment 2013)
I refer to the aforesaid matter.
2 It is hereby notified that an offence under Section 44 (Cruelty Towards Animal(s)) under the Animal Act 1953 (Amendment 2013) with regard to the penalty has been amended and it effective from 20.8.2013.
3 No. Penalty Before the Amendment Penalty After the Amendment
1 RM200.00 or jail term for 6 months RM50,000.00 or jail term for 1 year or
Or both consecutively both consecutively
4 Therefore, if you know that at any time there has been a breach or failure to adhere to the laws of the said Act, the Department of Veterinary Services will take enforcement action and enforce the law accordingly against the law-breaker.
“Service for the Country”
I who follow the law,
Hasiah Binti Musa
Veterinary Country Head of Enforcement
Department of Veterinary Services, Wilayah Persekutuan
DVS has issued a memo about the Amendment in the Animal Act 1954:
The penalty of cruelty towards animals has been revised,
RM200.00 or jail term for 6 months or both consecutively
RM50,000.00 or jail term for 1 year or both consecutively
To effectively bring perpetrators to justice, members of the public are advised to:
(1) Take clear picture and video as evidence of abuse.
(2) Report to DVS AND Police immediately.
(3) Call any animal welfare groups for support and help.
(4) Follow up closely with DVS and police after reporting.
(5) Contact legal aid at Greenhall Road, opposite high court (Penang Island) for volunteer lawyer for help.
SOS neutered / spayed animals are tattooed an “S” on the internal side of ear flap (distal pinna).
This ear mark is done to visibly identify that feral animals have been neutered / spayed as part of a population management programme.
This procedure is carried out while the animal is under anaesthesia for the neuter / spay operation.
Identifying sterilized animals, particularly females, can be very difficult without a visible indictor (such as tattooed “S”, ear notched, etc), and unnecessary repeat surgery is both a waste of resources and traumatic for the animals.
Do your dogs frantically scratch your timber or tile floor? Do you know why?
They say dogs scratch floor because of entertainment, territory marking, and comforting intent.
Contrary to common beliefs, your dogs are most likely suffering from INTENSE irritation from tick bites in between his paws! (and the joint area near to paws!)
A close friend of SOS shared that she was appalled when she saw fleets of ticks (spider ticks and deer ticks, with full bloated stomach of blood) upon close examination after persistent floor scratching!
According to her sharing, she baths the dog once a week, uses front-line de-tick solution every 8 weeks, wipes the dog (including paws) with dampened cloth after each walk.
Since then, every time her dog scratches floor, she would ALWAYS find a tick or two in one of the paws.
Now, her dog has much less floor scratching and almost none at all.
(This applies to other area like ears, face, neck and it works almost all the times: wherever they scratch, there you will find ticks)
So, please do not see floor scratching as a mischief. Check if your dogs are suffering in silence from the notorious tick bite!
We are heartened by many kind acts of rescue by individuals. And many has sought help from us. Here are some simple ways to solicit help and hopefully benefit the animals you rescued quickly :
(1) Take hold of the animal and send for medical treatment ASAP, if need be. Keep the animals at your place first while seeking adoption or fosterage or other form of relief.
(2) Take clear pictures of your rescued animals.
(3) Post on SOS wall (and other popular social media like petfinder.my) so that we can share with our readers.
(we strongly urge individual to post on our wall for us to share due to credibility issues)
(4) Indicate and detail very clearly:
– What assistance is required (fosterer, adopter, help, relief, etc)
– Location (street name, shop name, salient landmark, town name, state name)
– Contact number and contact person
– Condition of the animal (raw wound in the head, fractured hind leg, mange, etc)
(5) If for whatever reason you are unable to grab hold of the animal, please use marker pen and write a clear big note on card board, place the notice beside the animal:
“Please do not remove the puppy/kitten, I will return with aid to rescue. Contact Person, Contact Number”
(6) Provide clean water and food to the animal.
There is no hard and fast rule in helping animals. Please improvise according to the situation. We sincerely hope when you cross path with an animal in need, you will lend a direct hand right away.
SOS is a neutering clinic. As much as we wish, we are unable to do rescue works.
When SOS was newly established, we have saved and rescued many horrendously injured strays when even most vets had suggested put-to-sleep. With very stubborn belief, SOS refused to give in to “put-to-sleep”. Now, most if not all rescued animals have recovered and living happily.
You may refer to SOS album for our past rescues. SOS has ceased doing rescue work as we wish to focus and arrest stray over-population issue by spay and neuter. With only 3 working crews (now effectively down to only 2), it is impossible to run out and about whenever there is a rescue request. Turning down such requests is not easy. We have come to terms that covering too vast an area would not achieve anything eventually. We may be able to save one dog, but at the same time, plenty puppies kittens are being produced. Unless SOS team grows bigger, it is not feasible to include rescue works in our portfolio.
We understand there are a good number of independent rescuers or groups but not many neutering organization. In order not to duplicate the effort, we thus work focally on “Trap, Neuter, Release”.
Only by curbing the stray population can we uproot animal cruelty at large (whether intentionally inflicted by human or by mere accidents).
Please pardon us when we could not accede to your rescue requests. Our hands are full, or even overspill, in working on the long term solution: Neutering.
We sincerely thank you for your continued support and kind understanding. And we look forward to every individual to pitch in to do your little part in stray welfare, whether by (random/ regular) feeding, neutering stray, adopting stray, loving stray, or simply not harming them. Thank you.