A video of a woman dragging along a pet dog in a residential estate made the rounds on social media on May 4, sparking public outrage.
Dragged dog along
The OP who posted the clip on Facebook claimed that the video was taken in the morning on May 4 at around 8:45am.
The video shows a woman in red dragging the 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.
In the 35-second video, the woman continues walking briskly, and at one point, even lifts the dog up and swings it off the ground.
The woman subsequently lets go of the dog, allowing it to walk normally.
The OP claimed to have witnessed this from the balcony of her flat and said she would report the case to the authorities. She also claimed to see the woman in red "whacking" and kicking the dog, which was not captured in the video.
The post had garnered over 300 shares in seven hours but it has since been taken down by the OP.
Mothership has reached out to the Animal & Veterinary Service's (AVS) and SPCA for comment.
Fine and/or jail for those convicted of animal abuse
According to the AVS website, direct verifiable evidence such as videos or photos, and witnesses willing to testify in court, are required to prosecute offenders of animal abuse.
Here are some important details to provide if one is a witness to a suspected case of animal abuse:
- Address or location of the incident.
- Date and time of the incident.
- Suspect’s details, such as suspect's vehicle number and residential address. If the suspect cannot be identified, try to take a photo or make a note of the suspect's appearance.
- Identity and contact details of all witnesses.
- Photo or video evidence of the act.
The animal which the alleged act of cruelty was inflicted on is also a critical piece of evidence — even its carcass.
Any pet owner found guilty for failure in duty of care is liable to a maximum fine of S$10,000 and/or 12 months’ jail term for first convictions.
Individuals who commit an act of animal cruelty are liable to a maximum fine of S$15,000 and/or 18 months’ jail term for first conviction.
Witnesses of suspected cases of animal abuse can contact SPCA's and AVS's hotlines at 6287 5355 Ext. 9 and 1800-476-1600 respectively, or via SPCA's website form here.
Top photo from Facebook video screenshot.