The man was arrested along Yishun Ring Road on Sunday (Dec 27).
SINGAPORE: A 40-year-old man was arrested on Sunday (Dec 27) for suspected involvement in a series of cat abuse cases in Yishun.
In a joint news release on Monday, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and police said they received several reports of cats found injured or dead in the Yishun neighbourhood between September and December this year. At least 19 cats have been found dead or injured since September.
Police officers from the Ang Mo Kio Division assisted AVA in their investigations and established the suspect’s identity. He was arrested by the police along Yishun Ring Road on Sunday.
The man will be charged in court on Tuesday. If convicted, he could be fined up to S$15,000, jailed for up to 18 months, or both of the first offence. For second and subsequent offences, he could be fined up to S$30,000, jailed for up to three years, or both.
‘WE HOPE PROTOCOL WILL CONTINUE’
The Cat Welfare Society (CWS) welcomed the news.
“We do hope that with new laws in place, they will map out a reasonable fine, and will not let (perpetrators of) a crime like this get off too easily,” said CWS spokesperson Veron Lau.
Ms Lau added that CWS was heartened to see AVA and police working together to solve the case.
“This is a protocol that we hope will continue – that for animal cruelty cases, they will put in such resources and cooperation among agencies to crack the case,” she said, adding that awareness has helped with placing pressure on agencies to get to the bottom of this case.
‘COMMUNITY REALLY STEPPED FORWARD’
Nee Soon GRC MP Louis Ng also said he was “delighted” that there was progress in the investigation into the case.
“The important part is that we are sending a strong message that we are taking animal cruelty seriously. We’re putting in resources to investigate, arrest and prosecute, and hope to send a deterrent message out to the public,” Mr Ng told Channel NewsAsia.
Mr Ng added that the community played an important role in helping to patrol the area and create awareness of the issue.
“The police and AVA updated me regularly, and the community really stepped forward. I had people from Potong Pasir texting me (about the situation),” he said. “I always like to see the positive in the negative – the positive part was that the community got together to put an end to the killings.”