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Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014

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Don't let fear deprive big dogs of home

The Straits Times | Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014

SINGAPORE - I read Ms Katherine Chan's letter ("Enforce HDB ban on big dogs"; last Wednesday) with concern.

She appears unfamiliar with dogs and seems prejudiced against big ones.

I live in an HDB estate with a great number of dog owners and I can safely say that the dogs that bark often and loudly are the smaller, HDB-approved breeds; also, it has more to do with how the owner trains the dog than the breed or the size of the dog.

The reason Project Adore - which allows HDB owners to adopt certain types of mongrels - has become permanent is that these larger dogs have been able to live peacefully in their neighbourhoods, despite their size.

I encourage people like Ms Chan to deal with their fear by learning more about dogs rather than trying to deprive them of loving homes by insisting that they cannot live in HDB flats.

While our animal shelters do their best to give these dogs a place to stay, the unfortunate fact is that they cannot be permanent homes for these animals, and some end up being put down because nobody adopts them.

The chances of larger dogs being put down are higher, because there just aren't that many people who live in condominiums or landed property.

Ms Chan's worries of big dogs chasing and biting people are unfounded, as dog owners have to leash their dogs when they are out in public.

Most dog owners, especially those who choose to keep larger dogs, are quite aware of people who are afraid of dogs and make it a point to avoid them for fear of complaints that could deprive them of their furry companions.

Let's all learn to live together peacefully.

Sheena Chan Kim Sua (Ms)


This article was first published on June 9, 2014.
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