Authorities today were looking into accusations that a motorist killed a dog by throwing it from a moving car along Lorong Halus Road.
An NParks representative expressed concern in response to footage circulating since Monday in which the dog is seen lying lifeless in the road after the person who posted it alleged that it had been thrown from the black sedan.
“We were concerned when alerted to the incident along Lorong Halus, and are investigating,” Jessica Kwok, group director of the NParks’ Animal and Veterinary Service, told Coconuts Singapore today.
It’s unclear what actually happened in the video. The dog appears to have been struck by the vehicle’s right rear wheel, and several commentators said it looked like it was just hit by the car and not thrown from the vehicle. No one can be seen ejecting the dog from the vehicle in the clip.
The video was posted online by user Veron Ng, who said it was filmed on her friend’s dashcam Sunday night. The police were contacted but no arrests made, she added.
“My friend caught this on his car cam,” Ng wrote. “The owner threw the dog out of the car, causing its death.”
“Why the hell would someone do something like that to the poor dog!? Such a cruel act, I am disgusted,” she added.
The 9-second clip shows the dog bounce onto the asphalt after being struck by the wheel at about 7 seconds in.
“Oh my god!” a voice can be heard shouting.
Ng also posted a photo of what appears to be the dog lying dead in the road, as well as a map of where exactly it happened.
While some viewers today slammed the driver for a “disgusting” act, others said it was inconclusive.
“Ok honestly your video is too crap to see what actually happened,” user Julian Yao wrote. “Can neither confirm nor deny that the owners threw the dog or if it had jumped out of a moving car on its own volition.”
Still, some took it at face value.
“I hope this person is not someone you know … unspeakable act of evil,” a Benedict Paul Cheong wrote.
Those found guilty of abusing an animal face a maximum penalty of a S$15,000 (US$11,000) fine and 18 months in jail, Kwok said.