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ARAs Demand Police Hunt Poodle Abusers
 Hunt the poodle abusers within 24 hours - or risk vigilante action!
January 28, 2011




24-HOUR ULTIMATUM: Surendran (standing, fifth from left) and other representatives of animal welfare and animal right groups showing their support at the Dang Wangi police headquarters this morning ' Pic: Razak Ghazali


KUALA LUMPUR: Animal lovers have vowed vigilante action against a couple involved in the torture of a poodle as efforts intensified to save the cuddly dog.
Representatives of animal welfare and animal rights groups told The Malay Mail today that they would hunt the couple if the authorities failed to take any action within 24 hours
They said the couple who had been implicated in the 'Save the Poodle' Facebook groups should be hauled up for questioning by the police and the Veterinary Services Department.
This morning, Malaysian Animal Rights Society (ROAR) president, N .Surendran, lodged a police report on the abuse of the poodle at the Dang Wangi police station.
The report was also made on behalf of Petpositive, Malaysian Animal Welfare Society (MAW), Independent Living and Training Centre (ILTC) and Lawyers for Liberty (LFL).
In the report, the groups urged the police to immediately track down and arrest two suspects in connection with the torture of a small brown poodle.
The video of a man with tattoos on his arms filmed by a woman had gone viral and triggered angry reaction from animal lovers, including from abroad.
One woman from California even offered a reward leading to the arrests of the abusers.
It is not known when this cruel act occurred but animal lovers stand firm that it was not about when it happened, rather about the cruelty that was 'shocking and despicable'.
The identity and whereabouts of the alleged abusers were also revealed and passed on the police.
Surendran told The Paper That Cares that he was disappointed with the Veterinary Services Department for failing to respond quickly to public uproar.
He said the police had also failed to investigate the matter promptly under Section 44 of the Animal Act 1953.
Petpositive president, T. Anthony, said animal abuse was getting bolder because of the authorities' ignorance.
'Poodle is one of the best partners for the disabled as they are hearing dogs and help in our quality living,' said Anthony, who feels the act was boldly recorded because the abuser thought the authorities would not waste time with such cases.
He said: 'Are dogs dangerous to humans or are humans dangerous to them?'
The 15-minute video clip continues to be the most viewed this week. It shows a man hitting, choking and throwing the dog across a room in a bid to teach it to stand on its hind legs.
It began as a link on Facebook by a woman who apparently found a pen drive containing the video clip at a mall recently. It went viral after it was posted on YouTube.
Latest checks show that 'Save the Poodle' groups on facebook are fast growing.
One such site, Andrew & Michelle's "Save the Poodle" Mission on Facebook garnered hundreds of supporters shortly after it was set up on Tuesday.
The creator, identifying himself as Andrew Boey, said he had viewed the video clip several times and had highlighted several "clues", including the tattoo on the man's arm, so he could be identified.
Boey had posted several updates from SPCA Selangor and SPCA Singapore.

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