Finally: Singapore dog owner sentenced to 20 months in prison for animal abuse

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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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9 replies
  1. Cynthia Como says:

    I’m so sickened by the story of these two beautiful innocent little dogs that I’m speechless! RIP BEAUTIFUL BABIES????????

  2. Adrienne says:

    As part of his sentencing, they should have first dragged this scum down the stairs several times, and then, what injuries he may have sustained (hopefully broken bones,etc.), throw him in jail like that and let the inmates deal with him.

  3. vicki hood says:

    Bubba in the prisons in Singapore? Please let justice be done. These two innocents suffered so in the hands of sewer scum defect.

  4. ellen cottone says:

    Neo Singapore ,

    welcome to the new world order.
    what took you so long?

    can we be seeing a change in the mentality of some asia countries,
    trying to turn a blind eye to the excruciating suffering of animals in their region?

    yes we are.

    we are beginning to see the new century
    Asia. individual’s rise and take arms
    against this horrors of abuse and animal neglect.

  5. Red says:

    I can’t believe this MONSTER was given such a light sentence…AND HE CAN OWN ANOTHER PET!!! ARE YOU PEOPLE MAD??? He should be banned FOR LIFE from ever owning or living in the same home as a pet…..this is insane!! This monster is mad, demented and will strike again thanks to the light sentence he was given!

  6. Bunny Peters says:

    SMH: WTF is wrong with people (using the term loosely)???

    If you don’t want to care for pets, don’t have them……. If you do choose to have pets, you MUST care for them…….

    Hope this POS gets severely punished for the neglect these furbabies suffered……. There is RIP little angels …… the POS who murdered you will burn in Hell forever for his cruelty…… I would like to have this POS get there ASAP……. This useless POS deserves the death penalty…… really is a waste of resources to keep him alive……

  7. Hollie says:

    What has happened to society that humans feel that they can abuse,torture and horrifically murder innoecnt animals?? IT MAKES ME SO SICK AND MAD AS HELL. The only way we can stop this is to have severe laws in place and then ENFORCE THEM!!
    This sentence was a start it too bad that they didn’t lock up this monster and throw away the key forever.



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