Vaccinate your dog against rabies or face RM2,500 fine: DVS Sarawak

A file photo of a mass rabies vaccination programme at Kuching recently.

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KUCHING, June 19: The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Sarawak reminds dog owners in the state that they will face a fine of RM2,500 for not vaccinating their pets.

DVS Sarawak will be conducting an anti-rabies mass vaccination campaign for dogs, reminding everybody to comply with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at all times during the mass vaccination programme.

“As a reminder, members of the public are urged to get their dogs vaccinated against rabies in accordance with the Anti-Rabies Vaccination Order. Failure to do so is an offence under Section 40, Veterinary Public Health Ordinance (VPHO), 1999 with a fine not exceeding RM2,500,” it said in a statement today.

The statement also stated that DVS Sarawak mobile anti-rabies vaccination had started across Sarawak, including the village-to-village anti-rabies vaccination programme, since June 16 this year, by both DVS Kapit and Sarikei.

It said that this is a good opportunity for the public to get their dogs vaccinated against rabies for free and as of today, DVSS has 32,048 doses of anti-rabies vaccines (Rabisin) available for Sarawak’s Rabies Control and Elimination Programme 2020.

“DVS Kuching will continue the annual vaccination programme from June 22 until 27, in Lundu, and as of today since January 2020, DVS Sarawak has vaccinated 1,339 dogs in Lundu which consist of 932 first dose and 407 boosters.

“In Serian, DVS Serian mobile vaccination programme will also start from June 22 until 27, to cover 45 longhouses areas, and as of today since January this year, DVSS has vaccinated 1,354 dogs in Serian which consist of 967 first dose and 387 boosters,” the statement added.

DVS Sarawak also said that a total of 257 dogs were vaccinated in Matu and Mukah in 2019, and they are expecting to vaccinate more dogs this year for their upcoming vaccination programme on June 23-25, which will be held in Matu.

“DVS Kapit will also run their mobile vaccination programme from June 23 until 26,” the statement said, reporting that a total of 1,079 dogs in Kapit were vaccinated in 2019.—DayakDaily