Dogs are men’s best friends and we have so many reasons to get them as a house pet, not just to guard the house. However, dog owners in Negeri Sembilan will now have to follow a new rule set by the state government.
The state Menteri Besar, Aminuddin Harun allows the people in the state to have dogs but on one strict condition – neuter them.
“If you want to have dogs, go ahead but neuter them before applying for ownership licenses, so that we can control the population.”
He explained that the new rule is a preventive measure due to the increasing number of strays in many areas of the state, reported BFM News.
Aminuddin also said that the decision was agreed upon following a discussion with the state exco, who praised the proposal as other state governments have also started taking similar precautions.
The new requirement will be conveyed to all local authorities to ensure that it can be implemented. Another report by Sinar Harian also said that Aminuddin is not stopping anyone in the state from having a dog but he is merely making sure that the dog owners are being responsible.
He also highlighted about abandoned dogs, saying,
“We’ve seen irresponsible owner abandoning their dogs, which has led to the growing numbers of stray dogs and disrupts the peace and comfort of the residents.”
He said that when a dog breeds, it gives birth to as many as 8 puppies and most of the time, owners take care of only 2 puppies and abandon the rest.
“They eventually become stray dogs, which is unfair to others.”
Aminuddin also claimed that the NGOs involved in sheltering stray dogs supported the new requirement because they were no longer able to handle the large number of stray dogs in the state.
To the dog owners, do you agree with Aminuddin’s take on this?