Two stray dogs hiding under a vehicle during a raid by dog catchers.
The bite mark on the victim’s leg.

RESIDENTS in Taman Sri Kulai Baru, Johor, are worried about the safety of their children in the light of stray dogs in the housing estate.

A resident, who wishes to be known as Maisara, said her 13-year-old son, Amirudin, was attacked recently by two strays in Jalan Bunga Raya, as he was returning home from a friend’s house.

In the attack, her son sustained injuries on the leg when one of the dogs bit him on the right ankle.

“It happened all of a sudden. He said the two strays were in his path and he was trying to ignore them. But they got aggressive.”

She said although the attack only left a bruising blue-black laceration mark, her son was down with fever and suffered a headache.

She rushed him to a nearby clinic.

“Thankfully, the bites were not severe and my son only received outpatient treatment.”

She hoped the relevant authorities would act on this issue quickly.

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Kulai Municipal Council (MPK) public relations officer Halim Ridaudin said the council was making daily impound exercises to ensure the strays did not become a nuisance to the community.

Halim said a team had been formed at the municipal level, including appointing a private dog-catching service operator, to catch and impound untagged strays in housing and commercial areas in the district.

“The dog catchers make their rounds to at least 187 housing neighbourhoods in the district that are frequented by strays.

“It's an uphill task as the strays move in a pack from one location to another quickly,” said Halim.

He added that the task became tougher when the strays ran to higher grounds or into the forest.

“Sometimes the dog catcher would catch a pet dog belonging to a resident who had irresponsibly let it out of the house unattended and leashed,” he said.

Halim added that in such cases, the owner would be issued a compound for letting the pet roam in public areas without supervision.

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