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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Not Just Puerto Rico - It Is Happening Right Here In Malaysia

The AFP report below is similar to what is happening in Malaysia according to NST's SPOTLIGHT story entitled 'IS THIS HOW WE TREAT MAN'S BEST FRIEND?'
NST SEPTEMBER 30, 2007. Please click on this link to read:

In Malaysia, similarly cruel contractors are hired by the Municipal Council Officers and situation here probably worse because newspapers have reported cases where these council officers themselves have been seen committing the abuse, such as using a meathook on a wailing dog that the Ipoh council officer had just shot (the dog was still alive), mass murder of Mr Eng Her Sun's dogs by Seremban municipal councillors although these dogs were his pets and had full medical records and been given proper care, Raihana Souket Ali's cat starved to death while boarding with Department of Veterinary Services Bukit Mertajam, and God knows how many more not reported in the Press.

Therefore we urge you to please go to AFP's website
and click on 'contact news department'. Then type out your message, urging AFP to investigate the same crimes reported in the article below, in Malaysia. Give them link to NST's story.

Again, I urge you to please vote for change in this coming general elections

By YAISHA VARGAS and ANDREW O. SELSKY, Associated Press Writers

TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico - Back roads, gorges and garbage dumps on this tropical island are littered with the decaying carcasses of dogs and cats. An Associated Press investigation reveals why: possibly thousands of unwanted animals have been tossed off bridges, buried alive and otherwise inhumanely disposed of by taxpayer-financed animal control programs.

Witnesses who spoke with the AP said that, despite pledges to deliver adoptable strays to shelters and humanely euthanize the rest, the island's leading private animal control companies generally did neither.

News that live animals had been thrown to their deaths from a bridge reached the public last month when Animal Control Solutions, a government contractor, was accused of inhumanely killing some 80 dogs and cats seized from three housing projects in the town of Barceloneta. A half dozen survived the fall of at least 50 feet.

The AP probe, which included visits to two sites where animals were slaughtered, found the inhumane killings were far more extensive than that one incident. The AP saw and was told about a scale and brutality far beyond even what animal welfare activists suspected, stretching over the last eight years.

A $22.5 million lawsuit against Animal Control Solutions and city officials — including those who helped round up the animals — was filed on behalf of 16 Barceloneta families whose dogs or cats were seized under rules prohibiting pets at the city projects. The animals' deaths show "a cold and depraved heart and has stirred public outrage around the whole world," the lawsuit says.

Julio Diaz, owner of Animal Control Solutions and a co-founder of another company, Pet Delivery, declined AP requests for an interview but told reporters there is no proof his company was responsible for the Barceloneta pet massacre. "We have never thrown animals off any place," he said.

A police investigation into the Barceloneta killings has not led to charges, but police Sgt. Wilbert Miranda, who heads the probe, said the information gathered so far indicates Animal Control Solutions was responsible. He declined to give details.

Maria Kortright, a lawyer involved in the suit, said it's clear the pets Animal Control Solutions removed from Barceloneta were the same ones hurled off the bridge because the survivors have been identified by their owners.

"Last Tuesday, I saw one of the survivors back at its home," Kortright said.

Animal welfare activists have complained to government agencies for years about allegations of improper disposal of animals, but say officials didn't act. Preventive action also is almost nonexistent: Puerto Rico has at least 100,000 stray dogs and cats — and no island-wide spaying or neutering programs.

Activist Alfredo Figueroa said the animal disposal companies acted with impunity because government agencies ignored allegations of cruelty, rather than investigate the companies or address the overpopulation of strays.

"There is apathy," Figueroa said. "No one wants to take responsibility."

A former employee of one of Diaz's companies told the AP that the firms rounded up thousands of animals over the years, brutally killed many of them and discarded the corpses wherever it was convenient. One of the former employees led the AP to two different killing fields and he and another former employee described a third.

"Not a single animal was turned over to a shelter," a former dogcatcher for Animal Control Solutions told the AP. Both he and an ex-employee of Pet Delivery, who was interviewed separately, spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. Both said they left the animal disposal jobs voluntarily.

The AP contacted all eight animal shelters and sanctuaries across Puerto Rico, and they confirmed that none had received animals for potential adoption from Diaz's companies.

Diaz co-founded Pet Delivery in 1999 and created Animal Control Solutions in 2002. Pet Delivery appears to be defunct, having reported no earnings since 2004. Facing little competition, the companies had 85 contracts with municipalities and other clients worth $1.1 million in the past eight years, according to the Puerto Rican comptroller's office.

The AP could find no sign that any of the municipalities checked to make sure the companies dealt with the strays humanely.

"It wasn't our responsibility," said Edwin Arroyo, special assistant to the mayor of Barceloneta, which paid Animal Control Solutions up to $20,000 per year and in October hired the company to remove banned pets from housing projects — allegedly the ones that wound up at the bottom of the bridge.

The pet disposal scandal adds to Puerto Rico's poor reputation for treatment of animals. Cockfighting is legal, with matches shown on television. One of the island's beaches is known as Dead Dog Beach — a place where teenagers drive over live puppies sealed in bags or cruelly kill them with machetes and arrows, according to animal welfare groups that photographed the atrocities.

Figueroa says he met Diaz in 1999 and introduced him to city officials in Fajardo. The city then awarded Pet Delivery a contract to remove strays. But Figueroa said he later learned that Diaz's company also was removing pets with collars and ID tags, and dumping their bodies in a field.

"Crying children, old people, a sick woman were all calling us, thinking we were involved," Figueroa said.

A former Animal Control Solutions employee told the AP that he witnessed another worker in 2005 dragging 12 to 15 small dogs out of a van along a road outside San Juan. Normally, workers injected animals with a euthanasia drug but on this day there was none. The animals were instead given an overdose of a sedative and flung 50 feet into a trash-filled gully. Some of the dogs were alive as they crashed on top of junked beds, bottles and other garbage.

"I could hear some of the dogs whimpering as they hit the tree branches and then the ground," the former employee said as he stood with AP journalists in the muck at the site, which still holds the stench of death.

Not all the dogs died, however. A dog that was not a stray, but a sickly pet whose owner wanted it euthanized, managed to limp home. The angry owner telephoned the company and demanded it retrieve the dog and do the job right, the former employee recalled.

The former employee also showed AP reporters a highway rest stop near a gorge outside the town of Cayey where, he said, workers would inject dogs. At the edge of the gorge lay the skeletal remains of more than a dozen dogs amid matted fur and two dog collars with no tags.

Asked if the number of dogs and cats killed by Animal Control Solutions was in the hundreds, the former employee shook his head.

"It is in the thousands," he said. "On a good month, we would pick up 900."

One dog, stuffed in a sack, was found recently at the Cayey site among other bagged carcasses. It apparently survived the fall and managed to poke its head out of the bag before dying, said Carmen Cintron, who runs an animal shelter.

"I am having nightmares when I think about what that poor dog went through before it died," Cintron said.

Until 2003, Pet Delivery ran a shelter where workers injected strays, often not knowing what the drugs were or their proper doses, the former employee of that company told the AP.

Some animals were adopted from the shelter, but others — including puppies and kittens — were euthanized, the ex-employee said. Euthanizing animals that cannot be adopted is standard practice in pet shelters, but the former employee said animals at Pet Delivery's shelter were inhumanely killed.

"Any available employee at that moment would use the drug that was available and they were thrown half dead into a hole, and that's why there were some live dogs among them," he said. "What he (Diaz) had us do was to throw dirt on top of the live dogs along with the dead ones, so they all would die."

Friday, November 09, 2007

Horses Left To Starve At Ranch Owned By VIP in Sabah

Here is a report from Sabah Times published in July this year on cruelty to horses that took place at a VIP's ranch in Sabah.

The address of the ranch as listed on is MELINGSUNG RANCH or PERSATUAN EKUESTRIAN SABAH, c/o Lot No 1, Harington Road, Mile 1½ Jalan Tuaran, 88100 Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-225 16 Fax: 088-238 952 Mobile: 019-881 2666 Contact: YBhg Datuk Hj Abd Ghani, owner.

Note the paragraph in bold. I wonder where in the Animal Ordinance 2006, it states that no action can be taken for cruelty against a political figure or VIP in Malaysia. What a strange comment from Department of Veterinary Services Sabah. Why don't they prosecute this person for cruelty or remove the horses? (see Comment)

SABAH TIMES, 9th July, 2007

: Starving horses at a ranch in Kinarut about 30kms from here are casting aspersions on Sabah’s tourism image.

The web blog posting indicated that 70 horses of the ranch owned by a former mayor have “no food, no water, and when they die they are dumped on a public beach” has brought a probe into the matter by authorities here.

In the posting, a British tourist claimed that agencies in Malaysia could do nothing about the alleged cruelty to the horses because the horses was owned by a political figure and had called for a boycott of visiting Malaysia until something was done.

When contacted, a Sabah Veterinary Department source said they were very aware of the situation and that its director Datuk Awang Sahak Awang Salleh had been contacted by national newspapers.

The source said they were investigating the claim after being informed by the veterinary head office in Kuala Lumpur.

The source said that officers from the Veterinary Department found eight of the about 60 odd horses, ponies and cross breeds on the private range were “actually malnourished.”

On a visit to the ranch this week, workers at the ranch prevented journalists from entering saying they were under strict order from the owner not to let anyone in.

The ranch is said to be owned by the former Mayor, Datuk Abdul Ghani Rashid. Efforts to contact him were in vain.

The Weekend Mail also had a story on its July 7-8 edition.

It also quoted deputy director, Dr Amat Kasim as saying that the horses were in a deprived condition due to lack of food.

“Most of them were thin but healthy. Due to financial constraints, the owner told me he couldn’t afford to feed the horses or treat the sick ones,” Amat was quoted as saying.

The horses were used for polo before the club was shut down.

According to our sources, Veterinary Department officers were visiting the ranch on a daily basis.

“Our immediate task was to provide the treatment for the horses as well as give supplementary feed to recondition them,” said the source.

However, he said they had no immediate plans to investigate the owner for alleged cruelty to animals as the owner had claimed that the horses were fed regularly but their conditions did not improve.

“We will look at the aspect of (alleged) cruelty at a later stage,” he said, adding that horses did not usually come under the ambit of the state veterinary department services as most horse owners used private veterinarians.

He said that there would also talk to the private veterinarian treating the horses in the due course of their investigations.

Saturday, November 03, 2007


Jill Robinson, founder of Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) which launched the Dr. Dog Programme in Malaysia, is being featured in a documentary called Moon Bears Journey To Freedom on ASTRO's Animal Planet on Channel 556.

Despite her incredibly busy schedule, Jill came down to Malaysia to personally launch the Dr. Dog Programme. Her humility, dedication to making this world a better place and tenacity surely inspired everyone of us who came in contact with her.

RSC and FFF are so proud to be part of the Dr. Dog Programme that she started with one dog, Eddie, she rescued from China's wet market, about to be killed for food.

Screening Times For Nov 2007 of Moon Bears Journey to Freedom on Animal Planet Channel 556 ASTRO:

Thurs Nov 1 - 8pm
Fri Nov 2 - 6am
Sat Nov 3 - 1 pm
Thurs Nov 8 - 2 pm

Sorry couldn't send alert earlier. Just found out on Thursday.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


Take note that the second round of the Dr. Dog Examinations will be held on November 10, at Pet Safari Pet Safari, 1 Utama Shopping Centre. The first round of examinations in June this year was done by world famous Jill Robinson, founder of Animals Asia Foundation (AAF). In one lifetime she has done so much for the Moon Bears and Dogs and all other animals that she is truly a great inspiration to all of us.

This second round of exams will be done by Paul Choong, director of the Dr. Dog Programme for Furry Friends Farm, which is AAF's representative here in Malaysia.

This exam is only for those who have signed up prior to the date of examination. Those who would like to sign up for the future, may also drop by to fill up forms for future exams.

Malaysian Wildlife Dept Sells Endangered Species For Food

Have you all seen this letter in MalaysiaKini below? It is shocking! It informs us that the Wildlife Dept (Perhilitan) which is supposed to protect Malaysia's endangered animals have spent 1.5 million to open a breeding centre to breed them for food.

The very people who are supposed to catch poachers, first, allow our monkeys to be exported to restaurants in China so ppl can eat monkey's brains while the monkeys are still alive! Now they are opening their own " meat factory" to export endangered species.

So what is the difference between them and poachers?? Utterly shocking and so morally bankrupt to take advantage of the helpless like this.

Click on link to read letter: