By M. KUMAR
PETALING JAYA: It was a happy ending for dog lovers who went in search of an abused dog which had its nose chopped off the canine was found eight hours after it went missing
The dog, named Chitta, had broken free from its leash yesterday as it was being taken for a walk by one of the veterinarians from a Subang Jaya clinic, where she was being treated, prompting a small army of dog lovers to hunt the area for her.
The 18-month-old dog was sent for treatment at the clinic by canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB), after her nose was lopped off with a machete by a resident in a housing estate in Semenyih.
“The veterinarian took Chitta for her daily morning walk and the dog must have seen something that frightened her,” MDDB coordinator Christine Lai said.
Chitta, who had lost her entire nose, had undergone extensive reconstructive surgery and tubes had been temporarily inserted into her nostrils to allow her to breathe.
The dog was finally found after rescuers brought its mother from Semenyih to lure her out of hiding.
The abuse perpetrated against the dog as well as the subsequent rescue and treatment mission by MDDB had made Chitta a celebrity of sorts in cyberspace, Lai said.
“Chitta is now well known.
“Many people, some as far as Taiwan and Hong Kong, have come forward to help her,” Lai added.