‘Our pets can potentially contract the disease’

KUCHING: SUPP Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) head, Wilfred yap said there is an additional three areas were declared as rabies infected areas, while a 52-year-old man from a kampung near Serian was confirmed as the fifth victim who has contracted the deadly disease.

He said he hoped to alert the general public, especially pet owners to be extra careful and take good care of their animals, keep them in safe places so they don’t get in contact with infected animals. 

“Our pets can potentially contract the disease, if come into contact with the infected animals which include rats and bats. So, please keep them in safe places, get them vaccinated by all means. Our pets are like our family members, get them vaccinated is the best thing we can do for them right now”, Yap said.

Meanwhile, Yap is also pleading to the local councils, to exercise great patience and professionalism when handling the animals, as many of these cats and dogs are seen and treated like a family member by their owners. 

“I understand certain measures need to be taken in order to contain the disease and keep it from spreading, but please understand the pet owners’ feeling. Animal lovers are devastated and heartbroken seeing these innocent creatures being caught and caged.”

At the same time, he reminded the pet owners, that it is their responsibility to take care of their pets, even when there is no disease outbreak, in order to further prevent any unwanted incidences.

“Some people claim themselves as pet owners, but they do not take good care of their pets, they just let their pets roam around like strays, many of which don’t even wear a collar to begin with. Protect your pets, get them vaccinated and a collar, they are our most loyal friends, love them, protect them.”