Man who abused helpless dog by repeatedly slapping it identified – Police investigating

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On 17 February 2016 at about 1.20am, the Society For The Prevention Of CrueltyTo Animals Singapore (SPCA), was alerted to the case of a dog abuse at 148 Meiling Street.

A concerned resident in the vicinity of the neighbourhood sent SPCA a video footage which showed a dark-complexioned male with short hair, who was about 1.75 m tall and wearing a black t-shirt with shorts slapping a dog repeatedly and attempting to kick it.

APPEAL FOR INFORMATION – MEILING STREET

APPEAL FOR INFORMATIONOn Wednesday, 17 February 2016, the SPCA was alerted to a case of a dark complexion, short hair, male, wearing black tee-shirt with shorts and height of approximately 1.75 metres to 1.8 metres, abusing a dog at Block 148 Meiling Street at about 1:20 am.The man was last seen walking towards Blocks 150 to 160 Stirling Road. The SPCA is appealing to anyone with information on the identity of the suspect, please call our 24-hour hotline at 62875355 (ext. 9), or e-mail inspector@spca.org.sg. Any information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence. * Under the Animals and Birds Act, anyone who is found guilty of cruelty to animals, including abandonment of any animals, can be imprisoned for up to 18 months, fined up to $15,000, or both. Video footage by a concerned resident in the vicinity of Block 148 Meiling Street.

Posted by SPCA Singapore on Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Reporting that the man who hit the dog was last seen walking towards apartment blocks 150 to 160, the animal welfare agency appealed to anyone with information on the identity of the suspect.

The suspect was located soon after and he lived in the same flat as the dog owner.

“The owners of the dog were very upset when they found out about the abuse and were cooperative with the investigations,” SPCA said. The suspect was only temporarily staying in their flat and was interviewed by the police.

SPCA locates suspect with help from the public and the dog’s owners

The abused dog appeared physically unharmed, but was still brought to a veterinary clinic for a physical examination by SPCA.

“We are currently awaiting the vet’s report,” SPCA reported.

The dog has been returned to the owners and SPCA will be following up to check on the dog’s condition and welfare. The owners have also been advised to closely monitor the dog over the next few days.

The suspect is no longer living at the residence and SPCA is providing all investigation findings to the AVA for their enforcement action.

Under the Animals and Birds Act, anyone who is found guilty of cruelty to animals, including abandonment of any animals, can be imprisoned for up to 18 months, fined up to $15,000, or both.