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Animal lovers rescue 200 abandoned dogs, cats in flood-hit Malaysian state

Animal lovers rescue 200 abandoned dogs, cats in flood-hit Malaysian state

Animal welfare activists have rescued nearly 200 dogs and cats believed to have been abandoned by their owners during severe floods in southern Malaysia, an animal shelter official said Sunday.
Malaysian and Singaporean volunteer workers found the animals, some of which had been roaming the streets, over the past month amid some of the worst floods in Johor state's history, said Lynda Goh, a spokeswoman for the Noah's Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary in Johor.
"Some dogs had wounds and cuts and they were nursed back to health," Goh said, adding that some young canines suffered pneumonia while two had to have their injured legs amputated.
Johor, Malaysia's southernmost state bordering Singapore, was twice hit by heavy rains that triggered floods since mid-December, leaving at least 17 people dead. Some 100,000 people were forced to evacuate their houses, but more than half of them have since returned.
It was not immediately clear how many pets drowned in the rising waters, but Goh said her workers had seen between 40 to 60 dead animals in the districts where they were working.
"Because flood waters were rising very quickly, some animals (that) were tied up ... were not able to free themselves or escape," Goh said.
Goh said the rescued animals were currently being housed at the sanctuary, and that several owners had already called the agency to look for their lost pets.
Floodwaters as high as 4 meters (13 feet) had cut off access to many towns and villages, leaving a trail of damage exceeding 100 million ringgit (US$28 million;


Updated : 2021-04-21 20:17 GMT+08:00