Man arrested for Yishun cat abuse cases
Police have arrested a 40-year-old man believed to be behind a string of cat abuse cases in Yishun.
The arrest, which took place along Yishun Ring Road on Sunday (Dec 27), was announced by in joint statement from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).
The suspect will be charged in court by the AVA on Tuesday (Dec 29) for animal cruelty.
If found guilty, the suspect faces a maximum fine of $15,000, up to 18 months in jail or both for a first-time offence.
For subsequent offences, the maximum penalties are a fine of up to $30,000, a jail term of up to three years or both.
Since September, at least 17 cats have been found dead in the Yishun area, killed in various violent ways.
The Yishun 326 Tabby cat Facebook group reported the latest case on Saturday (Dec 26) when a dead cat was found floating in a pond next to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
One cat survived its ordeal at the hands of its attacker and was found with multiple fractures in its legs.
While cat lovers in the area believed they knew who was responsible for the spate of killings, they did not have enough evidence to prove his guilt.
The cases prompted the AVA to spearhead an investigation into the matter and a 20- to 30-strong grassroots fast response team was set up to conduct patrols and collect evidence in the area.
The Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) also assisted in making online appeals to catch the culprit.
MP for Nee Soon GRC Louis Ng, who is also executive director of the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres), applauded the arrest in a Facebook post and encouraged witnesses of the cat killings to step forward and offer more information.