Singapore

13 pedigree dogs abandoned

Officers from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and other dog rescuers were kept busy for the past 24 hours.

They picked up more than a dozen pedigree dogs, believed to have been abandoned, from various parts of Singapore.

Founder of Voices for Animals (VfA) Derrick Tan was alerted on Facebook by friends that three pedigree dogs had been found at a public toilet in Yishun on Wednesday.

"They could not house them so I went down to the toilet to get the dogs," he said.

Yesterday, he picked up another two toy dogs from the grounds of a condominium in Hougang.

"Another two dogs were picked up separately by other rescuers. One was found by the highway near Old Tampines Road," Mr Tan told The New Paper.

MICROCHIPS

SPCA also rescued six pedigree dogs, five of which were poodles, in the last 24 hours. Other breeds included maltese, shih tzu and cocker spaniel.

Its spokesman said some of the dogs have microchips.

"We are tracing the registration of the microchips to identify the owners of the animals, if possible," she said.

"We understand that other animal welfare groups have found similar dogs in the past day or so. It is possible that these animals were used for breeding and were abandoned by the same person," she added.

Mr Tan said: "If you can't cope and need to rehome your pet, please take them to proper shelters or to the SPCA. Please don't simply abandon them anywhere. They could get run over by cars or be abused."

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