Robert Lau.

SIBU: With incidences of two deaths reported in Sibu due to Rabies, Senator Robert Lau once again reminded dog owners to be responsible pet owners by keeping their pets inside their home compounds and to apply for licenses.

This second reminder from the senator to pet owners was addressed with urgency as Sibu has already been declared a red zone for rabies a month ago.

 “Owners are advised to keep their dogs behind their gates and apply for a license from their respective councils,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

“There are already two deaths in Sibu resulting from bites by rabies infected dogs. The situation is not improving.

“The task force in Sibu overseeing the rabies situation will be taking action to catch dogs that are not leached in public regardless of whether they are licensed or not.”

“Dogs caught will be put to sleep within 48 hours. We all have to play our role to reduce and eradicate rabies. These teams will be out on the street next week to catch any stray dogs,” he said.

At the same time, he urged them (pet dog owners) to get their dogs vaccinated against rabies, reminding the public that the Department of Veterinary Service Sarawak was providing free vaccination.

“The task force has put together dog catching teams headed by police to catch all dogs that are on the loose. Please take this seriously,” he added.