Described as the stiffest punishment for animal cruelty yet in Singapore, the owner of two dogs was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Thursday for abusing his pets and abandoning them leaving them to languish in slow, painful deaths.
According to ChannelNewsAsia, the Agri-Veterinary Authority of Singapore stated Yeo Poh Kwee, 45, was given the maximum sentence of 18 months in prison on one count of animal cruelty and 12 months on a second count. Both sentences will run concurrently. In addition, Kwee was also sentenced to two months imprisonment for pet abandonment and failure to license the dogs. Kwee has been banned from owning any pets for a year after he is released from prison.
Last November, authorities were informed about the tragic case of a toy poodle that had died after sustaining critical injuries. Kwee claimed the dog named Brownie had been injured when his head became lodged between a water pipe and the wall in his bathroom. Further investigation into the case, revealed Kwee never took Brownie to a veterinarian for treatment which ultimately resulted in the dog suffering and dying.
One month later, Kwee’s other miniature poodle, Yoyi, was found dead in a staircase landing at the apartments located on Teban Gardens Road. Bloodstains on the walls, steps and floors indicated the dog had suffered grave injuries. An investigation uncovered Yoyi belonged to Kwee who had brought the dog to the apartment complex to abandon him. Kwee had the dog leashed and ran down the steps starting from the 38th floor to the 19th floor dragging Yoyi as the defenseless animal slammed against the walls, floors and steps. When he realized the hind legs of the dog had been bleeding, he unleashed the dog and went home.
When asked why he abandoned his dog, Kwee stated he had been stressed because his neighbors had been complaining about the dog’s barking while he was at work.
The AVA encourages the public to report all cases of animal cruelty through their 24-hour hotline at 1800.476.1600.
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Photos via the AVA.
Rest in peace Brownie and Yoyi.
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