Police, SPCA & AVA raid Platinium Dogs Club's facility in Bukit Panjang

The animals were starving when the police got there.

Zhangxin Zheng | December 30, 2018, 11:26 PM

*Editors note: There were 18 dogs found at the premises, not 12 as previously reported*

A 14-year-old Jack Russell allegedly died recently as a result of its stay at pet boarding house, Platinium Dogs Club.

The death of this Jack Russell prompted several dog owners to talk about the mistreatment that their dogs faced in the pet boarding house.

Raid on the house

According to Lianhe Wanbao, a raid involving multiple agencies was carried out on the house at around 1 pm on Dec. 29.

This raid involved seven police officers, three personnel (including a vet) from the animal welfare charity group Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and personnel from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).

The house raided was a semi-detached bungalow located along Galistan Avenue, Bukit Panjang.

The owner of the house made a police report after learning that the house he had rented out was operating as a pet boarding house.

As the owner did not have the key to the house, a locksmith was engaged to open the door to allow the personnel entry into the house to rescue the dogs.

18 dogs and a rabbit rescued

Wanbao reported that the house was extremely unhygienic.

18 dogs and a rabbit were found there.

The SPCA team fed the animals and ensured that they were in good condition before leaving the house.

Investigations are still ongoing.

Owner kept in the dark

The owner shared that he was unaware that his female tenant had turned the place into a commercial pet boarding house.

The owner also told Wanbao, the female tenant claimed that she operated a pet shop and is a pet groomer who owned three dogs.

A few months after he rented the house out, he started to receive complaints from the neighbours about excessive noise and the smell of urine coming from the house.

However, the house was clean and there were indeed only three dogs when he visited the house with the property agent.

The owner further apologised to his neighbours for allowing this to have taken place.

He also tried to contact the female tenant but to no avail, and intends to terminate the rental contract.

According to one of the onlookers, the female tenant did not stay in the house but was often spotted visiting the house for a few hours late at night.

As the residents were worried about the safety of the dogs in the house, they also contacted SPCA and AVA after a police report was made.

Platinium Dogs Club responds

In response to Wanbao's queries, a Platinium Dogs Club spokesperson said that they did not mistreat any pets.

The spokesperson also shared a WhatsApp conversation which showed the pet boarding house had informed one of the pet owners that their dog was unwilling to drink water and go for walks so they were unable to take care of it anymore.

Top photo from Chained Dog Awareness in Singapore.