A member of the public bringing her pet for vaccination.

SIBU: Dog owners here are praised for taking their pets to the Free Vaccination Programme organised by the Sibu Division Department of Veterinary Services (DVSS).

Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting Ing Horh said since the programme was implemented in the West Bank area of Sibu (Sungai Bidut) two days ago, more than 400 dogs had been brought in by their owners. 

“This is a good development and we hope more Sibu residents will send their dogs for vaccination. Sibu can now be said as a red zone of rabies infection and we continue to fight the disease.

“Only public awareness and cooperation from dog owners to confine their pets at home can help us overcome this problem,” he said when contacted on Sunday (Nov 22).

“I have also received reports from residents here who want stray dogs to be caught. The council will instruct its dog catching unit to do so,” he said.

Ting also advised dog owners to confine their pets at home.

“There are many stray dogs in Sibu. I ask all residents to be careful when leaving their homes.

“Also, do not let your dogs go out in public. They may get rabies and bring the disease home,” he said, adding dog owners could apply for licences for their pets at the council.

A member of the public bringing her pet for vaccination.