An elderly Malaysian man collapses and dies while trying to save his pet from the clutches of municipal dog hunters.

An 85-year-old Malaysian man has died following an incident in which he was allegedly involved in a tug-of-war with Bentong City Council dog catchers who came to take his pet dog away from him.

Law Sei Kiew lived alone with his seven-year-old mixed-breed dog in his two-storey house in Taman Saga, Bentong town, Pahang state.

According to a neighbour, Chan Poh Loong, 55, the incident happened at 5 p.m. local time on Wednesday when a group of council dog hunters came to the housing area.

“The dog was inside the enclosure, but the gate was unlocked.

“The dog catchers approached the door and the dog came out,” Chan said.

He said Law was very attached to the dog, which he had raised since he was a puppy.

He was never allowed to walk around.

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Apparently the dog catchers had placed a noose around the dog, and when Law heard the noise he rushed out of his house and pleaded for him to be released.

“The dog catchers held the dog down with the loop and the pole and tried to pull him away, but Law clung to the pole, refusing to let go,” he said.

A struggle ensues, with the dog catchers also refusing to budge.

However, Law then collapsed and fell into a nearby sewer.

An ambulance was called, but Law was pronounced dead by paramedics who attempted to resuscitate him.

As for the dog, Chan said, he was still at Law’s home, although his future was uncertain as Law’s children had returned to their respective homes in other states after the funeral.

Law’s son declined to speak to the media, saying the family wanted her to be left alone.

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Bentong MP Young Syefura Othman, who visited the family of the deceased and expressed his condolences, urged the Ministry of Local Government Development and all local authorities across the country to clearly and immediately state the management process. stray dog ​​capture operations.

“This is to avoid unwanted incidents such as disagreements that can escalate and lead to altercations between local authority law enforcement and residents or individuals who feed stray dogs,” a- she said in a statement.

When contacted, Norizam Saad, head of Bentong City Council’s public health department, said the council had filed a police report on the matter.

He declined to give further details, saying he was currently away for a course and had not received full information about the incident.

This story was originally published in The star


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