Thursday, September 27, 2007

ST (27-9-07)

Thanks to the person who SMSed me about this article in today's Straits Times about more dogs being abandoned because of the higher AVA licensing fines :-

More dogs being abandoned or given up



Blogger Hai~Ren said...

I did foresee that a rise in abandonment would occur, that many owners would rather abandon their dogs instead of getting their dogs licensed, especially those who owned more than one dog or kept breeds not approved for HDB apartments.

One thing I'm concerned about is whether the new ruling excessively penalises those responsible dog owners who just happen to own one dog too many, or who keep breeds of dogs not allowed in HDB apartments.

I know of people who own two or three dogs, but who ensure that all their dogs are well taken care of.

Similarly, I know of people who have medium and large breeds such as cocker spaniels, labrador retrievers, huskies, and mongrels in HDB apartments, but who go to great lengths to ensure that even though their dog may not have much space to roam around the house, it still gets exercise and frequent walks and enrichment. Far better than many of those who own landed property but keep their dog chained up in a corner of their backyard without any toys, IMHO.

In these cases, it's damned if you do license your dog (revealing that you own more than one dog, or keep a dog not approved for HDB apartments), damned if you don't license (the steep fine if you get found out or someone tells on you).

I'm hoping that the AVA does review these on a case by case basis, and take into account whether these owners go to great lengths to prove that the well-being of their dogs is not compromised, regardless of the number or breed of the dogs they own. Just because many people own more than one dog, or own a dog breed not approved for HDB apartments, doesn't necessarily mean that all of them are irresponsible owners.

28/9/07 9:49 AM  
Blogger Hai~Ren said...

Oh, by the way, there's a recent article on STOMP, about cats resting on parked vehicles. A number of people are displaying irrational intolerance and wild accusations that cats leave scratch marks... Sigh...

28/9/07 9:51 AM  
Anonymous stupid like mad said...

The new hefty fines is about money which they say they don't need but the solutions to account for avery dog for fear of rabies outbreak is causing one massive round of dogs holocaust and the losers are the owners and the dogs.

Solutions which give out more problems than solutions.

28/9/07 1:49 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

This is just AVA's way to reduce the number of HDB owners keeping dogs and cats. On the surface it is to encourage responsible ownership but when you look at the penalties and the lengthy procedures that responsible pet owners must comply and fulfill when their pet is lost or died you will see it is really aimed to deter people from keeping pets in the first place. The steep increase in fees for male dogs is already a tell-tail.

You should notice that the penalties are all on keeping unlicenced or not-allowed species and not for animal abandonment.

28/9/07 8:55 PM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

Actually, the steep increase in a license for a male dog is just bringing up to match the females. Before this, a breeding female cost $70/yr, but a breeding male was $14.

Glad that AVA finally realised that MALES are equally capable of leaving stray puppies around! Now, maybe all those people who are so concerned about their "boyboy's manhood" will finally get him sterilised.

People who give up their dogs are just plain irresponsible. Most dedicated dog owners have been dodging AVA for years - AND their dogs are licensed.

28/9/07 11:42 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I AM glad that the new rules are to encourage sterilisation for both males and females as Mezzo said, but I also do think that certain rules ought to be changed - for example, if one owns a non-pedigree breed that's automatically not allowed in the HDB. That's always been the case and I've never understood the rationale for it. Why not size of the dog instead?

29/9/07 1:36 AM  
Anonymous no patience said...

The only way for local mongrel to make it to HDB is to be a minature.
HDB has some hangups with 'size'

All due to administrative convenience. If size really matters then humans are bigger and more dangerous. let's bring in the dwarfs.

29/9/07 3:10 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

technically they can't - even if it's a mixed small local dog, only prescribed pedigree breeds are allowed.

29/9/07 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such ruling is a product of insanity. How mad can you get from the authorities?

People like big dogs and they have to stay in private estates...afraid of size when some of the breeds like labrador make great companion and excellent guide dogs. So stupid you want to p....

29/9/07 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many HDB flats are much larger in size than many new private flats, especially those NEW low-end condominiums. so what's this about an HDB flat's size being unsuitable for medium-size dogs? it's all a matter of responsible pet ownership.

1/10/07 9:47 AM  

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