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A Preliminary Study on the Status of the Population of Free Roaming Dogs in Pulau Pinang

Free roaming dogs (FRD) are defined as unconfined dogs and are not prevented from roaming.  These FRDs are known to have habituated to  living closely with people with or without an owner in attendance. In Malaysia, the status quo of our FRDs and its management is inconclusive. This study was initiated after the 2015 Rabies outbreak in Pulau Pinang and involves many parties that are either involved directly or indirectly in the management of these FRDs. There are four main categories that are the public (people and tourist), Government Bodies (Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and Local Municipality), Non-Government Bodies (NGO) and small animal private practitioner working along with NGOs. Four sets of questionnaires are prepared according to these groupings, respectively. Participants can either choose to be interviewed or fill in the questionnaires at their convenience. A total sample of 200 participants comprising of all four main categories is taken into consideration. All data are compiled and analyzed accordingly either by fundamental statistical analysis and SPSS program. This study has a significant impact on our animal welfare as the Animal Welfare Act 2015 was approved. Thence, we can determine how far our animal welfare is being practiced and simultaneously a bigger overview of our FRDs altogether. Preventive measures and control actions can be executed if warranted. Thenceforth, any obstacles prevailing with the current department and country stand regarding these FRDs can be identified and addressed concurrently.

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Dorothy Simon. A Preliminary Study on the Status of the Population of Free Roaming Dogs in Pulau Pinang. 0th Veterinary Association of Malaysia (VAM) Congress. 19th-20th October, 2018. Hilton Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.(Abstract of Oral Presentation). 

 

*1Dorothy Simon, 1Khoo C. K., 1Ho H.W., 1Navanithakumar.B., 1Sohayati A.R.,  2Tishrin M.I., 2Anun M., 3Chandrawathani P., 3Quaza N. 

1Veterinary Research Institute, 59 Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 31400 Ipoh, Perak;

2Department of Veterinary Services, Pulau Pinang;

3Department of Veterinary Services, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur.

*Corresponding author: dotty77@yahoo.com


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