A Singaporean man has been fined S$4,500 for recording video clips of his cousin torturing a poodle and not stopping him.
On July 8, 38-year-old Chia Yong-Quan also received a disqualification order from owning any animal for 12 months.
According to court documents seen by Mothership, Yong-Quan had met his 41-year-old cousin Clement Chia quite regularly over the years.
During the time of the offence, Clement was the owner of the tortured brown toy poodle named Leslie who was around four years old then.
Filmed between October 2016 and November 2017
Sometime between October 2016 and November 2017, Yong-Quan filmed two video clips of Clement torturing the poodle while they were at Clement's flat.
In the videos, the poodle was seen with its mouth bounded with a string.
The videos also showed Clement torturing the poodle in various ways including holding the poodle by one of its legs and lifted it off the ground, suspending it in mid-air, and hitting it non-stop with a hanger while the poodle was struggling and whimpering.
Yong-Quan did not stop Clement from torturing the poodle and instead helped to record the process.
These offences came to light in July 2020 when videos of Clement torturing the poodle went viral on Facebook.
The Animal and Veterinary Service of the National Parks Board and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Singapore were alerted by several members of the public.
Poodle was defenceless
The prosecutor asked for the sentence to at least be a fine between S$4,000 and S$6,000 for Yong-Quan and to disqualify him from owning animals for 12 months.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Norine Tan added that the poodle was "defenceless and completely at the mercy of the humans around it".
Clement has been charged with six offences under the Animals and Birds Act and his proceedings are ongoing.
Top photo via Brenda Tan's Facebook page.