A Singaporean businessman was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday with cruelty to an animal.
Yee Kok Chew, 57, pleaded not guilty to the charge of ill-treating a mongrel dog by the name of Furby, by hitting it and causing it to suffer pain at a guard house at Taman Melody, Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, at 8.49 pm on Apr 2.
The charge, under Section 44 (1)(a) of the Animal Act 1953, carries a fine of up to RM50,000 or imprisonment for up to a year, or both, if found guilty.
Yee was allowed bail of RM3,000 in one surety and mention was fixed for Sep 4.
Last April, a video recording showing a man hitting a dog at a security guard post went viral on social media, triggering outrage among netizens.
The man had earlier fallen off his bicycle as the dog broke free of its leash and barked at him. This led to the man’s violent beating of the dog.
Furby is now housed at the Selangor Veterinary Department’s kennel.
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