Jagdeep (centre) with the adorable canines at the new dog facility in Sg Pinang recently

By V. Sivaji

Good news for animal lovers as the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has launched a facility for stray and abandoned dogs at Jalan Sungai, Sungai Pinang.

Located near the council’s Vector and Veterinary Centre, the centre cost RM170,000.

Present at the launching ceremony was MBPP Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang, and Penang Local Government Committee chairman, Japdeep Singh Deo.

The project is part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between MBPP with the International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals (IAPWA).

Yew said that the neutered dogs was marked with a tatoo to its right ear with a ear notch on the left ear.

The the main objective of the program was to free areas under the council from stray and abandoned dogs to ensure the safety and harmony by removing the threat of these dogs.

Meanwhile, Japdeep stressed that Penang does not believe in cruelty to animals.

“The centre is capable of neutering 30 dogs per week where the dogs are trapped through netting rather than the lasso which was practised earlier,” he said.