Stray dogs a big problem for Kg Rimba residents

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE village head of the Kg Rimba Landless Indigenous Citizens Housing Scheme (STKRJ Kg Rimba) says he’s greatly concerned over the rising number of stray dogs in the area which disturb residents and roam public places.

Puspa Wira Hj Mohd Noor told The Brunei Times there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of stray dogs over the past few years in line with the construction of government and commercial buildings in the village.

He said building contractors in the Kg Rimba area shouldn’t abandon their dogs after completing construction work as it’s creating a rising population of strays.

“During the construction period, the foreign workers usually keep dogs as pets to look after the area. They often leave the dogs behind after the construction work has been completed,” he said, adding that the village has constructed thousands of houses together with other buildings and facilities such as schools, shopping complexes and mosques.

“It’s not that we have anything against dogs. But the stray dogs often create problems for residents such as causing accidents when they run into the road, and stray dogs are fond of tearing open garbage bags,” he said.

He said no plans have been drawn up or action taken to deal with the problem.

“Since most of the residents in the area are Muslims, there’s not much we can do. Some suggested poisoning the stray dogs, but we reject that idea because it’s animal cruelty.”

In Islam, Muslims are forbidden to touch dogs because they are considered impure.

He said other villages are facing the same problem.

“Residents at the Rimba National Housing Scheme are also raising concerns over this.”

Sharing his sentiment, some residents of the nearby Rimba National Housing Scheme said the number of stray dogs seemed to be increasing and the strays often gather in public areas such as mosques and schools, especially near bus stands.

“The stray dogs often gather at the bus stand at night. It’s a place where school children usually sit and wait for their parents after school ends,” said Rosemizah Mohamad from Jalan 3.

She said it’s common nowadays to see the bodies of dogs that were hit by cars in the middle of roads.

“It’s sad to see their bodies in the road and even worse to see a body get hit by cars over and over again. As Muslims, there’s nothing much we can do. If members of the Muslim community were able to touch a dead dog’s body, some would definitely volunteer to move it,” she said.

Another resident, 32-year-old Md Anuar Hj Lamat, who sometimes goes jogging on Jalan 99, said that recently he encountered a group of more than 10 stray dogs walking towards him.

He said he’s noticed a large increase in the number of stray dogs which usually can be seen in his area around Jalan 99, especially at night.

The Brunei Times