Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Seremban Canine Carnage

SEREMBAN'S CANINE CARNAGE - Taken from news reports

02 July 2006

BULLETS were sprayed at them, and with frantic howls, the 13 dogs went down one by one.

Spurting blood stained the floors and walls of the living room, bedrooms, kitchen and backyard of the single-storey terrace house in Seremban, Malaysia.

Empty bullet shells littered the house after the carnage, Malaysian newspapers reported.

The dogs had scuttled throughout the house to escape the gunfire, their flights of terror marked by a trail of faeces.

As their barking ceased and the last whimper faded away, the officers and dog shooters from the Seremban Municipal Town Council started loading the dead dogs onto a lorry.

It was only then that the female enforcement officers released their hold on Ms Eng Choon Mei, 56, and allowed her to enter her home.

She broke down in tears at the sight of the dogs lying in puddles of blood.

'I'm not married and the dogs are my darlings. When I heard their pitiful barking, words could not describe the pain I felt in my heart,' she told China Press and Sin Chew Daily. As the officers drove off, Ms Eng's brother, the dogs' owner, returned home.
Mr Eng Her Sun, 66, had earlier left with 10 of his dogs as he suspected a raid. (See report on page 4.)

She did not dare to tell him what had happened as she was worried that he would not be able to take the shock.

She said: 'It was only when he stepped into the house and saw the dogs' blood everywhere that I told him everything from the beginning.'

Shortly after her brother had driven off, around 9am on Thursday, a group of 50 officers and dog shooters had arrived at their house in vans, lorries and on motorcycles.

Ms Eng said she was doing laundry outside the house at the time.

One of the officers had shown her a court order and demanded to be let into the house.

He told her that they were there to enforce the court order forbidding her brother to keep his dogs at home.


Ms Eng immediately turned around and walked into the house. She padlocked the metal gate and locked the wooden front door.

With the door slammed in their faces, the officers brought out lock cutters to remove the padlock.

They then broke a hole in the door and entered the house.

Ms Eng said she had tried her best to protect the dogs, but several female officers managed to drag her out of the house.

'Two dog shooters then went in to kill the dogs. At the same time, 10 officers assisted them by herding the dogs to be shot,' she said.

The whole operation took half an hour.

The team of enforcement officers from the Seremban Municipal Council had been sent to cull the 25 dogs kept in the Engs' home.

Council president Abdul Halim Abdul Latif said Mr Eng's neighbours had been complaining about the stench and incessant barking from the dogs.

Earlier attempts to get Mr Eng to move his dogs from the terrace house had failed.

So a court order was obtained in December, giving the officers the authority to cull the dogs.

However, Mr Abdul Halim said the council gave Mr Eng a grace period of six months to move the dogs out.

When no action was taken after the grace period ended, council officers held several rounds of talks with Mr Eng, but to no avail.

Council officers had brought along several veterinary department officers as the initial plan was to tranquilise the dogs first.

But the dogs became violent and tried to attack the officers.

Mr Abdul Halim said: 'The veterinary officers warned against going ahead with our plan. We were forced to shoot the dogs.'

Mr Eng claimed the officers had trespassed his home and is contemplating legal action against them.

He panics and escapes with 10 dogs in car

WHEN Mr Eng Her Sun, 66, suspected that his 25 beloved dogs were in danger, he took matters into his own hands.

Before the authorities could enter his house and get the doomed pooches, he packed 10 of them into his car and drove off.

While making his getaway, Mr Eng crashed his car into a motorcycle belonging to one of the officers there to cull the animals.

He managed to save the 10 dogs, but while he was gone, the 13 that remained in his house were all shot dead.

Another two are unaccounted for.

Mr Eng said, almost in tears: 'These dogs are just some strays with no one to look after them. I took them in because I pitied them.

'Did I do anything wrong? Did the dogs do anything wrong? Why did the authorities have to be so cruel?'

Mr Eng's sister, Ms Eng Choon Mei, 56, said her brother loved the dogs very much.

She told the China Press that her brother spent all day looking after the animals, sometimes staying up past 2am.

She said: 'He paid for their care out of his own savings. I didn't contribute at all.'

Ms Eng added that the dogs were fed chicken every day, even though she and her brother could barely afford it.

Mr Eng said he had tried to get permits for the dogs, but only managed to get approval for two of them.

He claimed that he had also tried moving some of the dogs to an empty house nearby, but council officers trailed him. He decided to move them back home again.

But his efforts came to naught when the dogs were killed on Thursday morning.

Mr Eng said, almost in tears: 'They (the dogs) are my best friends. Is it wrong for me to keep them in my own house? Now, I have lost all my happiness.'
Buddhist rites for slain dogs


The Malay Mail, July 11, 2006 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- THE 'Unlucky 13' were given their final rites yesterday. The 13 dogs, shot dead by the Seremban Municipal Council (MPS) last month after their owner refused to comply with the council's order to relocate the canines, received prayers at a ceremony organised by animal lovers, last night.

More than 200 members of Malaysia Fo Guang Shan, a Buddhist organisation, gathered at their branch in SS3, Petaling Jaya, to offer prayers for the dogs.

One of its members, Ong Wan Kah, said the prayer, known as the Diamond Repentance Dharma ceremony, is to transfer merits to the dogs.

"Although we usually have this prayer twice a month, tonight's occasion is special. We want to let the public know that it is not right to just take away the lives of animals.

"Also, apart from the dogs that were killed, we are also performing prayers for the chickens and birds that died of bird flu, and other animals," said Ong, who works with the organisation's publishing division.

He stressed, however, that the prayer was not only meant for the deceased. "We also pray for others beings that are still alive, for fortune and good luck," he said.

Ong said 66-year-old Eng Her Sun, the owner of the 13 dogs, had stepped forward to relate the incident to the organisation's abbot, Reverend Hui Xian, last Wednesday.

The abbot advised him not to dwell on the matter and carry on with life.

"The abbot also advised him not to bear any grudges and instead, think of ways to help relocate his remaining dogs. The owner must also shoulder his responsibility as the municipal council is the authority on the matter," he said.

Also present at the prayers was Malaysian Animal Welfare Foundation education officer, Sabrina Yeap.

In the June 29 incident, MPS workers, armed with a court order, arrived at Eng's terrace house in Taman Desa Rasah to cull his dogs.

They claimed that Eng, who kept 26 dogs in his house, had repeatedly ignored the council's notices over six months to relocate his dogs as their incessant barking and smell had become a nuisance to neighbours.

The workers allege that Eng refused to co-operate and the dogs turned aggressive when they entered the compound.

Eng allegedly put 13 dogs in his car and drove off. The workers then shot the remaining 13.

The move by MPS was described by barbaric and cruel by animal welfare organisations. However, other groups have argued that the council had no choice as Eng did not comply with regulations despite being given time to do so.

Several animal groups, including the Independent Pet Rescuers organisation, have since helped Eng relocate 11 of his dogs to a farm in Dengkil.

The Eng's bloodied living room

SEREMBAN: As animal lovers howled with outrage over the killing of 13 dogs by the municipal council at a house here, questions arose as to whether the dogs were indeed a nuisance.

The Seremban Municipal Council maintains that exasperated neighbours complained about the dogs, but a neighbour said they had got used to the dogs and no one complained.

And the owner of the dogs, Eng Her Sun, grieved over his lost "children" at his Taman Rasah Jaya terrace house yesterday.

Eng said: "My house became a killing field. There was blood everywhere. I not only lost my dogs but I also had to spend hours cleaning the blood. This is so inhumane. Those dogs were like my children."


Renegade said...

I'm with the council on this one. They were hoarding animals and as quoted, "the dogs were fed chicken every day, even though she and her brother could barely afford it".

If they can barely afford just feeding them, how can they afford their medical bills? They were given lots of time to rehome the dogs and frankly, it's their fault that their own dogs are dead.

And in no way can I see a gun to the dog inhumane. It was probably the most humane thing to do considering the situation (dogs being aggressive etc). In one part, it was stated that the neighbours were complaining about the stench. If there was a stench, the dogs probably weren't that clean either.

szemin said...

Dear Renegade, I agree with you that the dogs might cause problems to others, but gunning the dogs to death is not the best solution in handling the problem. The authority should have do more research and analysis to find out the root of the problem. Killing might help to reduce the number of stray dogs temporary, but does it help to solve the problem in future? This phenomenon shows only inhumanity and cruelty in Malaysia.

Rie yume said...

I would like to say

This is how sohai the authorities can be! It's really inhumane!
Those dogs were their only family. Those who have pet dogs (like me) can understand the full pain.

To Renegade...
The dogs MAY cause problems to others, but gunning them down is cruel and inhumane! This shows how Malaysian society can be! Why not relocate them to somewhere safe? And feeding them think dog food is so cheap meh? Or do you think Medical bills are so cheap?
RElocating the dogs would be much better than killing them. Killing and taking away innocent lives.
Pointing a gun to a dog is INHUMANE. Especially when it's innocent!

And whoever wants to disagree with me, fight me, sue me...COME!!! One on one! I stand strong with what I've written here!

aDele Chow said...

Renegade, it is people like you who encourage the council to continue killing innocent stray dogs and the dog abuse to escalate. Do you think the dogs are better off dead than being given a loving home and enough food to survive? What mattered most was they were loved by their owner and accepted into their lives.

In response to your comment that shooting the dogs is not inhumane because the dogs were aggressive, would you not become aggressive if a group of cruel humans wants to attack you? No humans or living creatures will blindly give in to people who were attacking them with weapons.

Murder is definitely inhumane.