No Justice For 'Propel Dog' As Witness Did Not Make Police Report
Malaysia Animal Association also encouraged witnesses of animal abuse to step forward and report to authorities.
Less than two weeks after the horrific 'kucing dobi' incident, Malaysia Animal Association (MAA) brought attention to another case of animal abuse yesterday, 24 September
In the latest incident, a maintenance lorry allegedly operating under Edgenta Propel Bhd (Propel) was caught dragging a dog along the road in Penang.
The photo of the incident was taken by an unidentified witness and shared with MAA.
MAA's Facebook post is accompanied with text asking if "Malaysia society hates dogs" and called for Propel to "step forward and explain how such a cruel act as alleged in the photograph" could have happened.
The Star reported today, 25 September, that Propel has since suspended the Intervention Team (PIT) what was deployed to clear the stray's remains pending a probe.
"Edgenta Propel Bhd would like to apologise and express our deep regret for the inadvertent action of our staff for dragging the remains of a dog at KM136.8 (South Bound) on the NSE," the statement to The Star read.
Despite netizens' calls for police investigation, Malaysia Animal Association (MAA) president Arie Dwi Andika said it will not be possible as the initial witness did not follow up with a police report
"An animal lover sent the photo last night because they wanted to enquire what is happening," Arie told SAYS earlier today, 25 September.
"We are sad that the witness has not come up with (the) evidence and (gone through) the proper procedures to take action.
"We are still calling on the witness to tell the truth and if needed, make a police report," Arie added.
When asked what action Propel should take with its staff, Arie said he hopes that they be given better education
"Please educate the workers on proper stray management standard operating procedures (SOPs)," he said to SAYS.
"We hope maintenance companies like Propel will be more sensitive to avoid cases like this from happening."
MAA is also open to having a dialogue with Propel to discuss animal-related matters.
Arie also encouraged future witnesses of animal abuse cases to approach MAA
"MAA encourages those who are witnesses of animal abuse to step forward without feeling scared, as their privacy is protected with us," he said.
Witnesses of animal abuse can get in touch with MAA on their Facebook page.
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