A man was woken up by the piercing, heart-wrenching screams of a dog, which he found tied up to a tree and abandoned in the wee hours of this morning.
Ng Chek Hock shared on Facebook about the poor pup that had been yelling for so long and so hard that its voice cracked. After being woken up by the wailing sounds, he went downstairs to a patch of grass along Clementi Avenue 2 and found the abandoned dog lying down, its neck still leashed to a small tree.
According to Ng, the police were already at the scene when he went downstairs around 4am. Officials from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) were said to have arrived around 5:30am to take over the case.
“The dog still had some energy left, albeit weak, let out a light bark and try to (bite) the AVA handler, but gave up after a few tries. Couldn’t retaliate,” Ng noted.
The dog was placed into the back of the AVA station wagon, and Ng said that it was in a pretty rough condition.
“When I last saw it, its limbs were straightened stiff, fur unkempt, and looked dehydrated.”
Offenders found guilty of abandoning their pets could be slapped with a year in jail and/or a fine of $10,000. It’s been a month of heartbreaking news regarding the state of animal welfare here — earlier this month, the country was shaken by the case of Prince the Shetland sheepdog, which had died while in the care of a pet boarding facility and cremated without its owners’ knowledge.