KUALA LUMPUR: A dog was found dead today with two arrows sticking out of its body, according to pictures that have gone viral on social media.
Malaysian Animal Association president Arie Dwi Andika confirmed the incident, which he said took place at Pekan Kuah in Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, this morning.
"This barbaric act to control the population of stray dogs is not a healthy trend.
"Only authorities sanctioned by the Animal Welfare Board can kill the animals through humane and internationally accepted ways, such as euthanasia.
"In fact, even if you want to kill a sick dog, you need a licensed and trained veterinarian to do that," he said when contacted today.
Arie said members of the public should not act alone against any stray animals that posed a nuisance to them.
"We urge them to report the animals to the authorities so that they can be placed under the care of animal welfare organisations. Don't make this (act of killing) part of our culture," he said.
Arie said he was made to understand that no witnesses have come forward to report the incident in Langkawi to the authorities.
"We ask those with complete information to come forward and talk to the police or the Department of Veterinary Services.
"A RM1,000 cash reward will be offered to anyone who can provide us with information to help the authorities convict and punish the perpetrator.
"We will offer advice to those who are afraid to report the incident. Their information and identities will be kept a secret," he said.
Anyone with information may contact the Malaysian Animal Association by sending a WhatsApp message to 011-20901097.