The heartbreaking discovery of starving, emaciated dogs held in a private kennel has stirred Singapore’s hearts – and wallets.
Over S$50,000 (US$37,100) has been raised in three days to help nine neglected dogs rescued from a hoarder in Lim Chu Kang with the help of two canine advocacy groups, the Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter announced today.
But those groups caring for the dog, which includes Chained Dog Awareness in Singapore and Action for Singapore Dogs, say they need the public’s continued support due to the animals’ deteriorating conditions, including one that is terminally ill.
“We can’t thank you enough for donating and for sharing their plight with others. The funds received will help us give each dog what they need to recover,” Oasis Second Chance wrote. “They do have a long way to go before they are healthy and go to a forever home. If you can, please continue to donate and share their story.”
That group, which has six dogs under its care, added that it has started a medication and diet plan for them. Exactly how much money needed is unclear as it is is still assessing their conditions.
Shocking videos and pictures were first posted Wednesday by Chained Dog Awareness in Singapore showing dogs, mostly mongrels “in skin and bones,” behind cages with empty bowls and feces everywhere.
They had been tipped off by a witness and went to investigate by scaling the high walls. They reported the case to state animal agency NParks before rescuing them Friday.
“We first heard from a feedback provider, who was in distress as she has looked into the kennels and saw how bad the situation was. She said she had no one to turn to and hope we could help,” the group told Coconuts today.
They added that there were also a number of cats they have reported to the Animal Veterinary Service to recruit cat organizations to help.
NParks did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Not much is known about the owner of the kennel, who the group said looked to be in her 60s. However, Pet Boarding Center in Lim Chu Kang said that the nearby kennel was rented out to a hoarder. The unidentified woman, it said, was not running a shelter and just “cruelly neglected” the animals.
It also said that its offers of help over the years had been rejected.
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