A recent video of a woman holding a dog by its front paws resulted in public anger at her actions, with many online calling for her to be punished.
The video, posted on May 4, shows a woman in red dragging a poodle for at least 30 seconds as she enters a residential estate.
The dog was forced to totter after her on its hind legs and appears to struggle to keep up with the woman's pace.
The OP claimed to have witnessed this from the balcony of her flat and claimed to see the woman "whacking" and kicking the dog.
The video has since been taken down from Facebook.
Investigations are ongoing
In response to Mothership's queries, the SPCA said it is aware of this case and that investigations are ongoing.
SPCA also confirmed that the incident took place at Blk 273A Bishan St 24.
Jessica Kwok, Group Director of Community Animal Management at the National Parks Board, told Mothership that the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS), a cluster of the National Parks Board (NParks), is looking into the case.
AVS said it "takes all feedback received from the public on animal cruelty seriously and will look into the cases reported".
AVS added that it does not condone mistreatment of pets. First-time offenders caught abusing an animal may be charged under the Animals and Birds Act, and could be fined up to S$15,000, jailed up to 18 months, or both.
The agency also stated that individuals can play their part by helping to report suspected cases of animal abuse, and that "safeguarding animal welfare is a shared social responsibility."
Members of the public who wish to report such cases can contact:
- SPCA at 6287 5355 ext 9 or email [email protected] or,
- AVS via their website at www.avs.gov.sg/feedback or call them via their Animal Response Centre at 1800-476-1600
All information shared will be strictly confidential.
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