A video of a bare-chested man shooting at a dog with a rifle was circulated on social media yesterday, 23 November
In the 30-second video, a dog can be heard yelping and whimpering in pain after getting shot. A voice can be heard in the background saying that he “only hit the leg”.
Facebook netizens were outraged at the man's actions and criticised him for using firearms
"I can't bear listening to the dog when it got shot. If you don't like it, just shoo it away."
"Where was this? If anyone is nearby. please lodge a police report first."
"Firearms are used to protect your crops, uncle. You can't just shoot animals for fun unless the animals are threatening your life by entering your house. The dog is far away. If you don't like them, you can just throw a piece of wood or scare them with it. If they are a disturbance, the authorities will capture them."
The Malaysia Animal Association (MAA) is offering a RM2,000 reward to anyone who has information on the man that will lead to his conviction
Speaking to Harian Metro, MAA president Arie Dwi Andika hopes that action will be taken against the perpetrator through public cooperation.
Meanwhile, another animal welfare organisation, Persatuan Haiwan Terbiar Malaysia (SAFM), also urged any witnesses or individuals to come forward to them with information.
The president of SAFM, R Kalaivanan, said that the man's identity and location of the incident are still under investigation.
You can contact MAA and SAFM by sending them a WhatsApp message at +601120901097 and +60162662007 respectively.
Malaysians can be convicted for shooting animals without authorisation or valid reasons as it is considered illegal to do so