Remembering Sheena

Stop Animal Abuse in Malaysia.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Raihana's Comments To DVS Penang's Letter

I wish to thank every one for your support. Without you all, I would have never been able to highlight this case. In any case its only fair that we
listen to both sides of the story. And now we have the clinic version.

Before I go any further I just want you alll kind souls to remember that I
am not doing this for financial resons, all I wanted was reasons for the
cruel death of a life.

Now regarding Dr Serlan's letter.

1. Why send Naomi only after she was critically ill? I didnt know she was. And is that an excuse for her death? Last time I saw her, she was not critically ill and I have vaccination records from one of the most expensive private clinics in penang island, more than 30KM away from my house in the mainland (i never had the heart to throw away anything related to my cat).

The most recent vaccine was a booster I gave in January. She was hail and
healthy then.

2. Why leave her behind?. Although I personally did not leave Naomi there (I would have never done that),she was left there by my uncle Dr Siddique even though there were no boarding facilities because they promised to look after her. Being a retired vertrinarian himself, based on their promises at the clinic she was left at the care of the staff in the clinic.

There was no food provided because there was no mention of it. I have left animals for boarding in clinics numerous times (and they were stray cats too) before I rehoused them. And in all those times, the clinic provided food. If the clinic were not able to feed her, why didnt they let my uncle know?

My brother was involved in this too and he has confirmed that there were promises to look after her by the staff. If the clinic did not provide such services why take her in?

If they didnt at least then they would have gone to a private clinic. My uncle was attached to the Government clinic and based on this relationship with the workers he left Naomi there.

3. They took the dead cat away because there were no mention of autopsy. If they had wanted to do an autopsy they would have to know the cat was dead. But they didnt even know it. My cousin on going to pick it up found it dead.

By the way there is no vetrinarian in that clinic. It is run by a bunch of assistants with no proper qualifications. How could they diagnose the cat so
accurately with no vet in there?

Also the day I found out about her death I got a call from Mr Ramu who was in this from the beginning (he was one of the staff who had said he will care for naomi)

When I threatened to make a case of it he apologised and said that it was the fault of one mr Raju (name not sure). Even last week Mr Ramu had gone to penang to meet my mother and before that my uncle to apologize. Why would they go to such lengths if they were in the clear?

I sadly have nothing in black and white and cannot prove my case against such a big entity. But for him to shift the blame on me hurts very badly. But when has the guilty ever taken blame? Especially when it is the government? I just hope other ordinary folks do not make the mistake I made.

Sadly for me there was only one Naomi. I loved her very, very dearly and to think that she died in a painful way is hurtful. Yes more than anyone else I blame myself, I was not a good master in the end. And I keep thinking how much she would have wanted me there when she had no water or food. I neglected her and for that I have a lifetime to regret.

As for the clinic- No they did not do whatever possible to help Naomi, they just killed her in a very agonizing way. I rather wish they just put her to sleep.

With sorrow,
Raihana Souket Ali


  • At 7:58 PM, Blogger Poes said…


    I sympathise with your loss. Naomi suffered only because the ppl at the clinic did not care or did not think.

    Unfortunately, boarding facilities in Malaysia are sorely lacking. The number one issue with irresponsible 'people' is money, money, money.

    We, as cat owners, need to be always extra vigilant when it comes to services for our pets. When we deny shady agencies their customers, that is the only way these shady agencies will learn that it pays to CARE.

    Please remember that industries (food,care,medical) connected in some way to our pets will *always* try to take advantage of our trust and generosity. It happens because we let them, so if any of you ever have had bad service at any type of agency, be it a vet, food supplier, boarding services, please let the rest of us know.

    You could be spared the pain and difficulty Raihana went through.


  • At 1:28 PM, Blogger Shoba said…

    Thank you Poes,

    That is sound advice. In fact that is one of the main reasons Raihana was so determined to tell Naomi's story. To prevent others from falling into the "trap" that she did.

    That is why RSC also with the consent of Raihana named the facility where Naomi was boarded. It is important for people to know like you said, which ones to "trust" and which ones not to "trust".

  • At 11:40 AM, Blogger disco-very said…

    thank you poes for your precious comments. i'm also grateful that raihana highlighted this case to the blog. i hope that this will help wake some people up.
    take care,

  • At 4:36 PM, Blogger Poes said…

    Hello Shoba and Davina,

    Raihana and RSC did the right thing. No pet owner needs to be put through the same ordeal.

    We are a small but *growing* community of "concerned" pet owners and i applaud the efforts of RSC.

    We just need to make sure that our pets get quality care.

    On the medical side of things, there are not many caring vets in Klang anymore. The ones that are have become jaded over the years - they've seen how owners can do the most ridiculous things to their pets because of ignorance. The klang vets try very hard but it's hard. (I worked at one for a month years ago).

    The other vets have become materialistic - some check you out to estimate if they can get money out of you. I did not go to that vet again.

    So keep your ears and eyes open. If i can help in any way, please let me know.


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