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Social media photos showed photos of the slain animal, which had arrows jutting from its body.
Langkawi district police chief Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim said that officials were told about the incident on Aug. 12 when a woman made a police report after seeing the photos of the animal on Facebook, reported Free Malaysia Today.
When police arrived, locals were seen trying to dispose of the dog’s body into the sea.
However, police took the body and sent it to a private veterinary clinic for an examination, the official said. Langkawi Island doesn’t have any government-run veterinary doctors, Yahoo News reported.
Several photos uploaded to social media showed two arrows sicking from the dog’s body along with a pool of blood.
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No one has come forward to report a missing dog, but police haven’t yet ruled out that it may have belonged to someone, according to Yahoo.
Investigators are looking for anyone with information to speak out, including about Chen Liau Weng, the person who uploaded the original Facebook post.
“This barbaric act to control the population of stray dogs is not a healthy trend,” Malaysian Animal Association president Arie Dwi Andika was quoted by the New Straits Times as saying.
“We urge them to report the animals to the authorities so that they can be placed under the care of animal welfare organizations. Don’t make this (act of killing) part of our culture,” he added.
Arie said a cash reward will be offered for information that leads to the capture of the suspect.
Dogs Rescued from Chinese Slaughterhouse
According to Humane Society International (HSI), a group of activists rescued about 62 dogs from a slaughterhouse in Yulin, China, on the eve of the infamous Yulin Dog Meat Festival in June.
One activist told People magazine about the conditions: “It was swelteringly hot inside the slaughterhouse when we got there, the dogs were exhausted and panting, some pressing themselves tight against the wall in an effort not to be noticed. Others chased around our legs eager for attention. We noticed straight away that some of them were wearing pet collars so they were probably stolen, and some of them looked very sick so we quickly loaded them on the truck to get them to our temporary shelter quickly to receive emergency veterinary treatment.”
“The slaughter man told us that these dogs were likely one of the last truckloads of dogs entering Yulin before the festival because the local government was likely to stop further trucks from entering the city, but we didn’t stick around to verify that,” they added.
They rescued the dogs to raise awareness about the Chinese dog meat trade and dog meat festivals.
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“We want the world to see the horrors of China’s dog meat trade of which Yulin is typical, and for dog lovers everywhere to stand up against this terrible cruelty,” the group said, People reported.