IT was heart-wrenching to see the son crying over the body of his father, Yip Sun Wah. The death of Yip, who was attacked and killed by a dog must not be in vain.
Save a Stray founder Jacqueline Tsang said the death happened because of breeders who did not ensure the dog's owner had the expertise to handle the animal.
Canine rescue project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better coordinator Irene Low said it was time for the authorities to regulate pet shops that sold such animals.
Low said unethical breeders cross-bred dogs that were not compatible with each other. When indiscriminate cross-breeding is done, the temperament of the dog may be affected.
Furry Friends Farm founder Sabrina Yeap said the temperament of a dog was usually influenced by the environment it was brought up in.
Dogs that are caged or kept in restricted confines tend to be ferocious when they escape.
No dog should be caged or chained for long periods. This incident may cause some owners to cage or chain their dogs. Beware, the consequences may be the same as the latest incident.
I call on the government to ensure that all dog-breeding and dog ownership are done legally.
Imported breeds should be monitored as well. Employ the assistance of MDDB, Furry Friends Farm and Save A Stray if you want to ensure humane treatment of dogs.
Beacon, the dog, is the victim of circumstances, too.
Owners whose dogs maul people should not be allowed to go just with a fine. They should do some voluntary work at one of the canine centres mentioned above. Implement community service as part of the fine. It is not meant to be punitive, but rather, reformative.