In Singapore, an alert animal advocate spotted a dog tied up in the hot sun. Not knowing exactly where the dog’s owner lived, Lynn Hamzah posted the dog’s photo on her Facebook page asking followers to help; after all leaving a dog out in the direct sunlight to dry with no water, food or shelter in sight has to be animal cruelty. Even the dog’s leash was tangled – making it impossible for him to even move. Under the photo, Lynn posted:
“This poor dog has been dried up like a piece of laundry by its owner everyday. The owner kids’ always bring this poor thing down and tie it like this under the hot sun for like almost an hour. It is always crying. When i asked the kid, they say that it just had a bath and needs to dry up. ”
Waddahell! They think its a bloody laundry ??!! Pls help me to viral this.
Owner stays at Blk 403 Yishun Ave 6, dunno which unit…”
Lynn stated she told the child who tied the dog up to inform his parents if they did not remove the dog from the direct sunlight, she would inform authorities. It wasn’t long before the disturbing situation caught the attention of media. According to Mothership, using the subheading “Dogs are not Laundry” the dog has been left out to dry regularly at Blk 403 Yishun Ave 6, after he has been given a bath. The dog can be heard whining. And in a hot and humid country as Singapore, it would be easy for a dog to succumb to heatstroke.
Since the photo went viral and the SPCA Singapore became involved, a Facebook post from the organization has informed the public that steps have been taken to help the dog:
“SPCA staff have counselled the family and cautioned them against leaving the dog out in the sun. We provided alternatives to the family by suggesting that they dry the dog by towelling it after a bath or to invest in a blow dryer.
The family informed us that they were not aware of the risks of leaving their dog out in the sun, and have expressed regret and promised not to repeat their actions.
We will be following up on this case to ensure the safety of the animal.
Leaving an animal out under the sun is dangerous as the animal can suffer from heat injuries, such as heat stroke, which may possibly result in death. This can occur very quickly, especially in our hot and humid climate.
It is our duty of care as responsible pet owners to provide adequate shelter for our pets and not subject them to harm or discomfort.”
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(Photo of dog in Singapore via Lynn Hamzah’s Facebook)
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