Unvaccinated pets: Sarawak authorities warn of RM1,000 fine for owners

Wee updating the public on rabies cases during his ShallWeeTalk Facebook live on April 13, 2024.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, April 13: The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Sarawak cautioned pet owners whose pets are found to be unvaccinated against rabies that they may face a fine of RM1,000.

While no rabies-positive cases have been reported this week, Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng reminded pet owners to ensure their animals have received anti-rabies vaccinations.

“DVS Sarawak is taking enforcement measures seriously. They have once again reminded pet owners that it is an offence if their pets are found unvaccinated.

He said during his ShallWeeTalk Facebook live today, “The authority can issue a compound for non-compliance under Section 40 of the VPHO (Veterinary Public Health Ordinance) 1999 and under Section 37, which stipulates vector control of free-roaming dogs.”

Wee pointed out that only DVS Sarawak has the enforcement authority, and several compounds have already been issued for this offence.

He encouraged pet owners to take advantage of mass vaccination campaigns for free vaccination or visit private vet clinics, albeit with a fee, for their pet’s vaccinations.

“I hope the zero rabies cases can be maintained,” he added while urging public cooperation in the efforts to eradicate rabies from Sarawak. — DayakDaily