SIBU: The new Local Authorities (Dog Licensing and Control) By-law 2018 which came into effect on Dec 1 will place local councils in better position to regulate and educate dog owners, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said.
Uggah, who is the State Disaster Management Committee chairman, said the by-law will ensure that dog owners are responsible in taking care of their pets.
I think that will give local councils a better position to regulate and educate dog owners on their responsibility.
Those are their pets, anyway. Why let them out of their house compound?
Uggah, who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development, was asked on enforcement of the new Local Authorities (Dog Licensing and Control) By-law 2018.
He added that the councils will also do their part to make sure that within the next few years, Sarawak will be rabies free.
According to him, an additional 28 staff from the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) have been mobilised as the state intensifies the vaccination programme to curtail the spread of rabies.
Now, we are discussing with Sabah Veterinary Department to see how they can assist us by providing additional manpower especially in the northern region (of Sarawak) to increase the number of personnel giving (anti-rabies) vaccination, he said.
Stressing the importance of getting dogs vaccinated, he said the local authorities under the Ministry of Local Government and Housing are offering a one-year exemption on dog licence fees from Dec 1 until Nov 30 next year.
This licence fee exemption is only for those people who submit their dog licence applications between Dec 3, 2018 and Feb 28, 2019.
Applications submitted outside this offer period are subjected to a new fee structure.
Source: SARAWAK GOVERNMENT