The Yishun district has been a regular hotbed for stray cat abuse over the past decade — and Member of Parliament (MP) for Nee Soon GRC Louis Ng has had enough of the heinous reports.
The MP — who’s also the founder and Executive Director of Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) — has since mobilised a grassroots fast response team to combat the issue.
Consisting of about 20 to 40 cat feeders and concerned residents, they’ll be conducting patrols in Yishun, gather evidence on abuse and alert others when a suspected case is taking place. “We need people on the ground that can witness and see (what is happening),” Ng affirmed, according to Channel NewsAsia.
His involvement comes after a particularly worrying spate of stray cats found dead in the Yishun and Sembawang heartlands in recent months. 18 cases were reported since September, where only one survived human abuse. Cats were found to have been strangled, thrown from a great height and even kicked in some cases.
Residents have been encouraged to provide witness accounts as well as footage from dashcams and CCTVs to help identify the suspects. Those with any information about the cat deaths can call the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore at 1800-476-1600 or email them at email@example.com.