Authorities crack down on unvaccinated pets, fines issued as rabies cases persist

Officers from MPP, DVS, police and others during the Sarawak Integrated Rabies Enforcement operation in Landeh, Padawan. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, May 3: Enforcement authorities have taken decisive action to issue compounds due to the persistent non-compliance of many dog owners with regards to anti-rabies vaccination regulations for their pets, prior to the commencement of the Sarawak Integrated Rabies Enforcement operation.

According to a news report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) today, both the municipal council and the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Sarawak have emphasised the seriousness of these measures, especially in light of ongoing reports of rabies cases in the region.

The compounds are issued in accordance with the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance 1999.


Dog owners who receive a notice during the operation are mandated to submit complete documentation of dog ownership to both DVS and the respective municipal council within 14 days.

On the third day of operations conducted in the Landeh area, the Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) issued 20 compounds for lack of a dog license, while the DVS issued 22 compounds for the failure to vaccinate their dogs.

Additionally, in collaboration with the Sarawak Security and Enforcement Unit (UKPS), the DVS successfully vaccinated 18 dogs, while the MPP registered the license of 61 dogs in the Landeh area.

The operation also resulted in the capture of eight stray dogs. — DayakDaily