Previously, it was reported that a man collapsed and fell into drain while preventing dog catchers in Bentong, Pahang from taking his pet dog.
Bentong police have released a statement regarding the death of a senior citizen after he tried to protect his dog from dog catchers.
Police said a 79-year-old man, not 85 years old as previously reported, collapsed during a dog-catching operation.
The police received a report lodged on the same day by a 53-year-old woman, who’s the daughter of the victim. She was informed by a neighbour that her father collapsed in front of the house.
The victim’s body has been sent to Bentong Hospital for post-mortem and the cause of death is said to be “respiratory arrest secondary to acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”
The case has been classified as sudden death.
Bentong police chief Superintendent Zaiham Mohd Kahar advised the public not to speculate on the matter or make any unnecessary or racial comments online.
Witnesses are encouraged to come forward to help with the investigations and contact IPD Bentong at 09-2222222 or head to the nearest police station.
Previously, it was reported that an elderly man named Law Sei Kiew was allegedly involved in a tug-of-war with the dogcatchers outside his double-storey home in Taman Saga in Bentong, Pahang.
According to Sin Chew, the man’s name in Mandarin is Huang Yunhong (a transliteration).
Law’s seven-year-old mixed breed dog was allegedly in the house compound but exited the house when a group of council dog catchers came near the gate.
The dog catchers caught the dog using a noose. Law allegedly grabbed hold of the pole attached to the noose and refused to let go.
Law then collapsed and fell into a nearby drain. He was pronounced dead by the paramedics who arrived at the scene.
Bentong Municipal Council’s Public Health Department head Norizam Saad said the council had made a police report on the matter.
Clear guidelines on dog catching needed
The incident prompted Bentong MP Young Syefura Othman to call for authorities to issue clear guidelines on dog-catching procedures to prevent similar incidents from happening.
She also visited the victim’s family and expressed her condolences but refused to comment any further.
There have been reports about pet owners and dog catchers getting into fights and altercations.
In one of the previous cases, an elderly man, who was hit by a dog catcher while protecting his dog, was charged with obstructing government officials from carrying out their duties.