KUALA LUMPUR: Dog owners at Taman Teratai, Ampang, are appealing to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) to give them more time to apply for dog licences.
It was learnt that at least 10 dog owners at the residential area received a notice from the municipal council last Saturday telling them to apply for dog licence as well as those who have more than two dogs were told to give away their “extra” pets.
During a press conference held by Pandan MCA division, one of the dog owners, Wong Yee Meng, 39, said he hoped the municipal council could give him time.
“In the notice that I received, it stated that I need to respond in three days or I may be fined not more than RM1,000 and jailed not more than six-months, or both.
“I am willing to adhere to the rules and apply for the dog licence, but I received the notice on Saturday, a weekend, municipal council is not open. According to the notice, today is the last day.
“I am worried that I do not have enough time to solve the issue,” he said.
The father-of-two said this was his first time receiving such notice after residing in the area for more than three years.
“My four-year-old pet is to safeguard my house as my two kids, aged five and seven, will stay at home when I and my wife go to work. My dog stays in the house, and goes through the vaccinations,” he added.
His neighbour, Wong Tuck Chin, 54, who had three dogs said he was asked to give away one of his pets as he only allowed to have two dogs.
“I am not aware of such ruling and I hope they are lenient with me. My dogs have been with the family for more than 10 years and they are part of the family. We do not want to be separated from them.
“I am willing to apply for the dog licence as long as I can keep my dogs,” he said.
Pandan MCA division head Datuk Leong Kok Wee said he hoped MPAJ would give more time to the dog owners.
He also expressed his concern that the dog owners may abandon their pets, which can lead to stray dogs menace.
Meanwhile, MPAJ spokesman when contacted said the three-day in the notice referred to three-working days.
“Dog owners have till Wednesday to come to us for discussion. Under MPAJ Dog Licensing By-Law 2007, dog owners who have pets above three-month-old are obliged to apply for a dog licence.
“A dog owner only needs to pay RM15 for the licence by providing valid proof of canine vaccination by a registered veterinarian or government veterinary officer.
“A house that is smaller than 1,000 square metre is not allowed to have more than two dogs,” she said.