Malaysians Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive) believes that the Shah Alam City Council's (MBSA) unwanted pets programme 'Jom Serah Haiwan' was not well-thought out.
Its president Anthony Thanasayan said the programme could have long-term adverse effects.
The MBSA's 'Jom Serah Haiwan' programme is meant to take in pet cats and dogs that their owners no longer want, as part of an effort by the council to curb the dumping of unwanted pets.
"I am not saying they are being deliberately cruel, it is just that they did not think things through," he said to Malaysiakini today.
He believes that this programme would unwittingly encourage irresponsible pet ownership as it is telling people that they can disown their pets with little consequence.
"They are saying to you, literally, if you are not happy with your dog, just give them (to the city council).
"You are teaching people to disown animals, rather than teaching people to understand their animals or send them for training," he said...