AVA investigating case of animal abuse after video of maid manhandling husky goes viral

Photo: Video screengrab
Photo: Video screengrab

A concerned resident in a landed housing estate was horrified to find out that the howls, moans, and yelps of a dog he had been hearing for nearly a week came from his neighbor’s house — a domestic helper had apparently been abusing her employers’ pet husky.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the SPCA have launched investigations into the case of animal abuse, although the exact location of the incident was not specified. A video that captured the horrible mistreatment was posted on Facebook yesterday, but it has since been taken down. Someone else re-uploaded it on YouTube, but we have to warn you that it’s a hard watch — the dog is seen lying helpless on the ground, seemingly frail and too incapacitated to retaliate against the domestic helper’s rough handling.

At one point, the lady is seen hitting the husky’s head with a metal feeding bowl.

In the original Facebook post, the caption included resident’s belief that the domestic helper’s employers were possibly out of town. Mothership reported that they’ve since returned home and are handling the issue.

“We will take the necessary enforcement action against anyone who has committed an act of animal cruelty and will not hesitate to press for a deterrent sentence, if warranted,” noted AVA in a statement. Individuals found guilty of animal abuse could face a fine of up to $S15,000 and 18 months in jail for their first offence.

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