Dog beaten up by cyclist in viral footage finds new home

C. Premananthini

KUALA LUMPUR: A dog that was viciously attacked by a man is believed to have found a new home.

The dog’s former owner, Shem Gangatharan, 27, told the New Straits Times that a year ago, the dog, whose name is Furby, was given away to his relative to look after.

Shem said this was because he had moved into an apartment that did not allow pets in the premises.

“Furby has found a new place. My sister, Rita, who lives in Banting, will take him in once the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) releases Furby.

“The incident, which took place on Sunday, shocked me as I did not know it was my dog that was being abused by the man.

“I only knew four days later, after the video went viral.

“My relative, who was responsible for the dog, did not inform me at all. My sister and I have alerted the police. We are now waiting for them to take action against the man.”

Shem said Furby was at a DVS centre in Damansara Damai and he planned to visit the dog either today or tomorrow.

Paws Animal Welfare Society shelter manager Edward Lim said he was infuriated when he watched the video footage.

“The video showed the dog running towards the man.

“It may look like the dog was about to attack him, but it didn’t.

“However, it was not right for the man to viciously attack the dog. 

“I felt so sad to see what happened to the dog,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

A copy of the police report lodged against the man was posted on the Malaysian Independent Animal Rescue’s Facebook page on Thursday.

The two-minute and 43 second video footage, which was posted on the Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better’s Facebook page, angered Netizens, who criticised the act by the man, believed to be in his late 30s. 

The video showed the man cycling.

As he was nearing a guardhouse of a residential area, the dog ran towards him and barked at him.

This caused the man to fall. He then became enraged, picked up the dog and started beating the dog up.

The incident was recorded on a closed circuit-television camera.