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The Kuching South City Council (MBKS) will be hunting down stray dogs in September 2021.

The move was made known by MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng who also urged the public to keep their pet dogs within compounds during the operation.

Newspaper, The Borneo Post reported that Wee made the announcement during his weekly Facebook live session, in which he said that 29 dog bite cases involving pet dogs had been reported so far in Kuching.

There was another eight cases of dog bite cases also reported between Aug 1 and 14 in areas under MBKS which involved strays dogs.

Hunting down stray dogs is not new in Kuching, and Sarawak as it was also conducted by several other councils in Kuching Division.

While such action usually only takes place after there is a public complaint, it is noted that local councils and authorities seem to have increased such operations as rabies, a deadly virus which can be transmitted via dog bites, is still present in Sarawak.

That said, it is hoped that pet owners heed the mayors advice in September to avoid any unwanted incidents involving pets.