No strong evidence to suggest dismembered cat was mutilated by someone, says AVA
There has been no strong evidence to suggest that the dismembered cat found at Marine Crescent in October was killed and mutilated by someone, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore said on Thursday.
Said an AVA spokesman: "During the course of our investigation, we found that there were at least two stray dog attacks on cats in the vicinity around the same period.
"AVA conducted a post-mortem on the carcass. However, the results were not conclusive on the cause of death and mutilation."
An earlier post-mortem conducted in October by the Singapore Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) had concluded that the cat's injuries were not caused by people.
It had said in a Facebook post on Oct 29: "We have arrived at the finding that the cat’s state has been wrought by the action of dogs from the community, and are ruling out the cat’s condition being caused by sole human agency."
Back then, many netizens expressed scepticism towards the findings.
Facebook user Jovial Gwee wrote: “If (it was done by) dogs, the cat would have loads of puncture marks, scratches, even maybe torn limbs, right?”
Those with leads on the case are encouraged to contact AVA at 1800-476-1600 or send an e-mail to email@example.com, the agency's spokesman said on Thursday.
"Enforcement action will be taken against the offender, if there is concrete evidence and witnesses willing to testify in court."
Anyone found guilty of animal cruelty can be fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed for up to 1 year.