Article Link http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-east-asia/story/landlord-finds-24-starving-dogs-jb-house-some-them-had-started-eatin
**I'm so sorry that I'm late. I had a reunion lunch & dinner that lasted till around midnight yesterday and I had to sleep straight after. Hence I didn't submit my article response. I'm really sorry and I promise I won't do this again**
1. The issue discussed in this article is that Francis Goh, 57, a landlord found that the compound in Johor Baru that was rented to a tenant who owed four months of rent contained 24 malnourished dogs and some were too famished and desperate that they resorted to cannibalism: eating each other. Mr Goh described the scene, "Some of the dogs were lying in the backyard while the rest were too feeble to move. They were lying in their own filth among all the rubbish in the house,"
2. I feel that the writer is pitying the dogs while writing this article. I agree with the writer's point of view because I too pity the dogs. From the text, it can be seen that the house was poorly-kept from "The house is filthy, with dog faeces everywhere" maybe because the tenant escaped from his debts. I think that this type of environment is bad for digs, even for humans. Since the dogs are malnourished and famished now, their immune system will definite be weaker, and with filth and faeces all around, the germs from it will carry diseases like tick fever. Hence, the dog will be more prone to it. But I think that the main problem lies with the tenant. The tenant should not have abandoned the dogs in his house to escape from his debts. Even if the dogs were strays, he should not have done that because at the moment he picked up the dog, he hd the responsibility to take care of the dog till its life ends. One of my relatives had a dog. The dog was healthy at first but after a few months, it was diagnosed with 4th stage lung cancer. Once knowing the news, the relative did not give her dog away to the shelter or to others but instead stayed with the dog till its final day. When I asked her the reason she did it, she told me, "Once you have a dog, it is like your child. When your child has a incurable sickness, will you leave him or her there to wait for their time?" I think that the tenant should learn from my relative because she has displayed all the good qualities of being a pet owner, like responsibility. If the tenant could not support himself in the first place, why did he pick up so many dogs? I think he should gauge his financial abilities before picking up the dogs. Hence I agree with the writer's point of view which is pitying the dogs.
3. If this happened in Singapore, I think that I would not take as long as four months to smell something fishy about the tenant because we have laws that allow government officials to have the right to search the compound in which the tenant is owing money. The police in Singapore will also react quickly to every report, not like the police in Johor Baru.