Thursday, November 17, 2011


LITTLE Pyro a.k.a Napoleon was splashed with hot liquid, believed to be oil, when he was barely two months old.

The stray puppy had been wandering along with a big wound that almost covered his entire back when he was spotted by a Good Samaritan.

The man took the puppy home and placed it under the care of canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB).

MDDB admitted the puppy to a veterinary clinic where he underwent surgery and was treated for his injuries.

Although he was not expected to make it, Napoleon beat his odds and is today a strapping happy six-month old puppy.

“He is a happy puppy and shows no signs of having undergone such a harrowing experience and trauma,’’ said MDDB adoption coordinator Christine Lai.

Napoleon will be among the many puppies that will be put up for adoption by MDDB this Sunday at Jaya One shopping complex in Petaling Jaya.

The event will be held at Block NB1, which faces Station 1 and Old Town White Coffee, from 10.00am to 6.00pm.

“We hope some will come forward to give Napoleon a good home as the puppy deserves a chance in life,’’ said Lai.

She added that Napoleon had undergone some basic training at the clinic and understood simple commands.

Lai also said that Napoleon loves around people and is the happiest when he’s being fussed over.

“It’s amazing how the puppy is still trusting of people after what had been done to him,’’ she said.

Those wanting to donate to MDDB in cash and kind can also drop off the items at the adoption drive.


or call 019-3576477, 017-2081844 or 012-3739007.

Why haven't the local councils changed their ways?

LOCAL councils are the biggest dog abusers in the country. We have said this over and over and over again. We have conceptualized and executed exposes, jumped over fencing and taken photographs, confronted the Selangor state government as well as written to the Federal Government to put an end to abuse of dogs by local councils in Selangor.

Yet, nothing much has happened since and this is because of the interference of Anthony Sivabalan Thanasayan with the help of Selangor executive councilor Dr Xavier Jayakumar.

Anthony Sivabalan Thanasayan even had the audacity of bringing into the picture a glorified dogcatcher who acquired the tricks of the trade from Australia.

According to him this individual would teach the council dog catchers humane methods of dog catching. We called the man in question and he confessed that he was in animal control and was introduced to certain people in the state to whom he had given the drafted plan of a centralised dog pound in Sepang.

Luckily the soil was not suitable for the project and the entire plan was temporarily flushed down the toilet.

This story is also in one of the links.

Anthony also refuted our expose and said that our pictures were doctored even though the local councils literally admitted to the cruelty.

And of course who would forget Anthony's words of praise for the cruel men, they call dog catchers, who have no qualms about looping a dog's neck as swinging it around before chucking the poor animal into the truck.

He said they were noble people doing their noble job for the greater good of the people. He also professed that he had wheeled himself to Klang and taught the dog catchers to humanely catch dogs.

He said they were no longer using wires.

Barely a week later the dog catchers threatened a Cambodian maid taking her employer's dogs for a walk and looped their necks with wire.

The residents blocked their path and called us - we caught them red-handed with several pets in the van which also had several dozens of wire loops.

As usual he made untrue statements and derailed our efforts - these stories can also be found in the links.

But we gave the toughest fight ever and the dog catchers were suspended for a week.

But Anthony still went all out to protect them and this was further evidence when we exposed the Selayang Pound.

The same pattern ensued with him going in and calling us liars even though we had ample photographs which were dated accordingly as well as first hand witness accounts.

Why was he doing this?

According to several councilors, that he had spoken and tried to convince to support him - Anthony had said that since he (and they) were Pakatan Rakyat, it was their responsibility to protect the Pakatan Rakyat government by buffering any possible scandals.

That the poor dogs were tortured and made to starve to death was of no significance to this charlatan.

For him 'protecting' the Pakatan Rakyat government - which will ensure him an extension as councilor with the support of Dr Xavier was far more important.

He thinks he has a place to hide behind Dr Xavier - we hope Dr Xavier knows that he has to distance himself from Anthony's designs given that the general election is around the corner.

Dog rescuers and lovers are after all voters.

If any change were to take place re local council and dog catching - it has to start in Selangor as the state has the biggest number of local councils.

Out of the 12, many do not have pounds but hold the dogs in the lorries until they are euthanised or drop dead from thirst or hunger.

To make maters worse - some of the councils hire private companies and this arrangement has evolved into a big business.

Last year it was revealed in the Selangor Legislative assembly seating that the Sepang Municipal Council had contracted two companies to catch dogs in the municipality.

The figures given were also baffling - apparently the contractors managed to catch 20,000 dogs a month - meaning that the contractors caught and average of 667 dogs a days. Just imagine the kind of money they had made with a rate between RM25 to RM40 per dog.

And the Sepang Municipal canine bounty hunters bring to mind what had happened to Turbo Vong -

If they can do this to pets - imagine they way they treat the poor strays.

So, people continue to fight the good fight against the dastardly local council but remember that you are fighting this fight which could have been settled long ago if not for one crooked selfish individual who has been collectively booted out of the picture by mainstream rescue groups and shelters.

As far as MDDB is concerned - we are distressed whenever we hear about local council brutality against dogs. But as usual we have a plan - a plan which we will soon execute. Please read our links.




1) Independent Pet Rescuers' Sherrina Krishnan called today asking if we could help a mother and five puppies that were rescued by Roselin last Sunday. Apparently the family had tested positive for Parvovirus and the clinic they were in could not keep them much longer. We do have a quarantine room for parvo patients but given that our HWH is bursting at its seams, we did not risk placing the puppies there. So we asked for the family to be brought to our panel vet in Klang where they were tested again. But this time the test was negative for parvovirus but the smell of the feces was certainly the parvovirus stench. Since we did not want to bring them to the HWH, the doggie family was sent to one of our paying fosterers. Sherrina provided the funds to pay the fosterer whilst we bought food for them and will be paying for all the veterinary costs as the the eventual spaying of the mother. One little fellow had a couple of maggot wounds on him whilst another fellow had a wound near his neck. But it was not serious. The mother was so malnourished that she had little or no milk at all. So, we bought a big bag of Science Plan for puppies for the entire family. Lactating mothers should also be fed with puppy food.
2) MDDB member Irene collected several puppies from a Malay family in Cheras last week. Apparently a mother dog had brought the puppies one by one and left them outside the house. But she never returned after that. They took the puppies in and cared for them and called Irene asking for help. Out of the three puppies one was a runt which was quite weak whilst the other two were very robust. We have taken in the robust puppies whilst Irene will care for the weak one. The two puppies were sent to the HWH to make way for a disabled puppy which lost the use of its hind legs after an adult dog bit it. Several members of our team, which includes Irene, are good with disabled dogs and they have worked wonders with our disabled Patrick, Mr Gwing and brain-damaged Precious. All three live with them.


Saturday morning tragedy

As we were rushing to complete our daily chores at the HWH before going to Gasing for Justice's surgery on Sat, we stumbled upon a very sad sight on the way to the market to purchase our daily ration of meat and liver.

We saw two puppies with maggot wounds in a small padang on the way to the market.

We aborted our plan and rushed the puppies to our Klang panel clinic.

Our vet told us that the wounds looked about a week old and the maggots had eaten their way really deep inside the puppy with the neck wound.

The other puppy was not that bad and the we reckoned he had been able to lick the wound which was on his side. As the vet fished out the maggots and cleaned-up the deep wound, the puppy gave out painful cries that would break any heart.

We were also told that the puppy had probably been starving for over a week as it would not have been able to look around for food given the female puppy was also running a very high temperature.

We immediately rushed off to buy Brands Essence of Chicken and the puppy was put on drips and fed essence and prescription food.

It opened its eyes for a while and we left it there at the clinic where the puppy to be fed essence every two hours. That afternoon the vet called to say that the puppy had died.

This is what we have to put-up with on a regular basis - pitiful suffering and eventual death in spite of us doing whatever possible to save a life.

The puppy's groans still remain clear in our minds. We are also asking ourselves how the puppies had ended at the padang? Were they dumped there?

According to the vet, the puppies must have been bitten by adult dogs that come to the padang which is also a feeding station serviced by a dog feeder in Klang.

The lady told us that she had not seen the puppies whenever she is there to do her feeding every night.

We believe the puppies must have gone into hiding every time the big dogs were around after they had been bitten.

How can we educate people not to dump unwanted puppies? How do we drive home the message that they would not have needed to dump if they had only spayed their dogs?


Someone posted here about a dog residing in Wat Chetawan in Jalan Gasing needing help. MDDB members responded and the dog and old Labrador was brought to Gasing this Saturday. She had TVT and a bad case of fungal infection. She has been given the first jab for TVT and also given meds. We need someone to help coordinate to ensure that she is being given the meds because we feel the monks may not have the time to do so. Apparently one of them bought this old lady and another Labrador but sadly they have not been cared for properly. If anyone can take this old lady in, we are sure that we can convince the monks to give her up. Please call 019-3576477 or write to