Almost a hundred animals were rescued from a bungalow here, cramped into cages not much bigger than themselves in an unkempt yard reeking of a strong stench and littered with various automobile parts.
Yesterday, members of Malaysia Independent Animal Rescue and the police swept into the compound which is believed to be an illegal animal breeding facility, in what has been described as the “biggest and worst case of animal abuse” in the country.
Around 80 dogs were found on the premises – some in cages and others restrained – along with three cats, two geese, several birds and chickens and a gibbon.
Journalists covering the early morning raid reported an overpowering smell of faeces. Among the dogs rescued were breeds such as Shih Tzus, Poodles, Pomeranian, Bull Dogs, Pit Bulls and Bull Terriers.
“This is the biggest and worst case I have dealt with because there are so many animals involved,” said president of the animal rights group Puspa Rani.
“I have seen illegal breeders with around 20 dogs or so. But I’ve never heard of one of this scale,” she said, adding that she was “shocked” and “devastated” to see so many animals in poor condition.
“Some have open wounds while others can’t walk. Some are blind. Many are also severely malnourished, with several not having food or clean water. They need urgent treatment,” she said.