Enforce registration of pets in all districts to avoid strays problem

A WEEK ago (at the time of writing this letter) stray dogs attacked my two kittens.

At the time, I only heard barking and high-pitched meows outside my house in the area of Kampong Sungai Tilong, Kampong Sungai Hanching and Kampong Salambigar.

I went outside to check and to my horror and agony, I discovered my kittens had been mauled to death and the stray dogs scampering away by crawling under the drain and fences

Imagine a fenced government house where dogs can still sneak in.

I heard on the radio a few weeks ago that the Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Board initiated steps to enforce laws regarding the registration of licences for dog owners.

Why is this done only in the Belait District and not the whole nation?

It is ridiculous to see few strays in the Belait District while the Brunei-Muara District, as the capital district, cannot come up with rules and regulations related to licensing pets, or dogs for that matter.

The enforcement are not doing anything, allowing dogs and puppies to stray around without collars.

Supposedly, dog owners should always keep their dogs on leashes which the owners can use to exercise them once a week, for example.

I remember how strict the Municipal Board was, once upon a time, when dogs were either put down or tranquilised (the latter is less cruel).

But sadly speaking, there is no facility to impound dogs in Brunei so that they can either be adopted or put down humanely.

Furthermore, we will hear of complaints being made about the mistreatment of animals but nothing is being done to mitigate or eliminate the problem of strays.

Can the authorities or anyone please take appropriate action on this issue?

– Ugan Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan