BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Over 80 percent of the public believe that irresponsible pet owners contribute to the increasing number of stray cats and dogs in Brunei, according to a recent survey.
The survey was conducted by a team of Brunei officers undertaking the 30th Executive Development Program for Middle Management Officers 2020, which aimed to understand the public's perception on responsible pet ownership, according to local daily the Borneo Bulletin on Saturday.
The survey found that over 50 percent of pet owners in Brunei unintentionally adopted strays. However, about 66 percent of non-pet owners would not consider adopting stray cats or dogs as pets.
In recent years, there has been a rise in stray dog attacks reported within the community, threatening public safety and security.
Stray dogs and cats are also seen as a public nuisance and can bring risks of rabies infection.
The report said that the increasing prevalence of stray population calls for greater collaboration between relevant agencies and the public to work together to address and control the surge. Enditem