Singapore

20th dead cat found in Yishun

A dead cat was found on a walkway next to a petrol kiosk near Block 732, Yishun Avenue 5 on Thursday night.

Cat interest group "Yishun 326 Tabby cat" posted photos of the cat on Facebook, appealing for witnesses and information.

It is the 20th cat death reported in the estate since September last year. Another two cats were seriously injured.

The last death was reported on Tuesday, when the body of a bloodied cat was found in a drain at Block 361, Yishun Ring Road.

Nee Soon GRC MP Louis Ng announced on Dec 15 last year that a new grassroots fast response team had been set up to patrol parts of the estate and gather evidence.

Additional high-resolution cameras were also installed around the neighbourhood, Mr Ng added.

On Dec 29 last year, 40-year-old Lee Wai Leong was charged with throwing an adult male Mackerel Tabby domestic shorthair cat over the parapet of the 13th floor of Block 115B, Yishun Ring Road.

He was remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric assessment.

Lee, who faces a single count of animal cruelty, was granted bail of $10,000 on Tuesday.

NEW ACT

Lee is the first person to be hauled to court under the new Animals and Birds Act, which was amended in 2014 to toughen the penalties for animal cruelty. His case is due to be mentioned in court on Feb 15.

If convicted, he can be jailed for up to 18 months, fined up to $15,000 or both.

For second and subsequent offences, the maximum penalty is $30,000 or jail of up to three years or both.

Members of the public with any information about the cat abuse cases may call the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore at 1800-476-1600 or e-mail ava-cawc@ava.gov.sg

You may also call the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' 24-hour hotline at 6287-5355, ext 9.

- The Straits Times.

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