KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is worried by the growing population of the city’s stray dogs.

He said if this trend is not addressed the possibility of more people infected by rabid dogs remains high.

“High time that city folk are concerned and take more proactive attitude towards the problem,” he said at the ground-breaking ceremony of a proposed animal shelter yesterday.

The chief minister voiced his satisfaction with efforts to address the spread of rabies in the state.

“Success has been put around 60 percent. That to me is great effort which deserves appreciation.”

He went on to praise Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) for its “untiring efforts to care for strays”.