Huang Yunhong tried to hold on to the catch pole and suddenly collapsed into a drain during the struggle.
An octogenarian in Taman Saga in Bentong, Pahang died yesterday (25 May) while trying to protect his beloved pet dog from dog catchers.
According to Sin Chew, Huang Yunhong tried to negotiate with two Bentong municipal council officers from catching his dog which he had raised for many years.
One of Huang’s Neighbours, Ah Xing, said that he saw the officers taking the dog away. Huang then desperately held on to the catch pole to prevent the officer from leaving with his dog.
“I asked the officer to let go of the pole to prevent Huang from falling, but he did not listen,” said Ah Xing.
During the struggle, Ah Xing saw Huang suddenly collapsing and falling into a drain. He tried to help him out but unfortunately, Huang died a few minutes later.
He said that the officers immediately called for an ambulance and the medical personnel later confirmed that Huang has died.
As reported by FMT, Huang is said to live alone with his pet dog as his children were all staying in Kuala Lumpur.
Just a few months ago, a similar incident involving an elderly man protecting his dogs from dog catchers in Petaling Jaya made the news after a video of the struggle between the two parties went viral.
Patrick Khoo, 69, claimed that the MBPJ officer roughed him up during the dog-catching operation, as seen in the video.
However, instead of the officers, the senior citizen was the one who was charged in court with obstructing government officials from carrying out their duties under Section 186 of the Penal Code.
MBSJ has decided to not take action on their officers as they believe it was an unintentional mistake, not an assault done on purpose.
Khoo claimed trial to the charge and if convicted, he faces a jail term of up to two years or a maximum fine of RM10,000, or both.