AVS investigating cat death at Yishun

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The Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) is looking into the death of a cat reported at Block 714 Yishun Street 71.

Yishun Cat Patrol posted on its Facebook page photos of the dead cat sprawled out at the foot of a staircase.

Dead cat found at 714 yishun:
A kind soul has pm about this cat. He will arranged for his cremation . We appeal to all...

Posted by Yishun Cat Patrol on Sunday, 2 February 2020

A representative from the community page told Stomp the cat was found on Feb 2 at about 4pm.

Some netizens have speculated the cat was a victim of animal abuse.

In response to a Stomp query, the AVS, a cluster of the National Parks Board (NParks), said it takes all feedback received from the public on animal cruelty seriously.

Ms Jessica Kwok, group director of AVS said: "We received feedback about a death of a cat at Yishun Street 71 and are looking into the reported case.

"As with all investigations, all forms of evidence are critical to the process and photographic and/or video-graphic evidence provided by the public will help. 

"Members of the public who have information on this case can alert AVS via the online feedback form on our website at www.avs.gov.sg/feedback or call us at 1800-476-1600. 

"Information shared with AVS will be kept strictly confidential.

"While investigation is ongoing, we will appreciate if the public refrain from speculation as not all animal deaths are related to cruelty. 

"Stray dogs and cats are exposed to the elements and face various risks such as starvation, disease and parasitic infestations, cruelty, accidental fall from height, or getting knocked down by vehicles.

"These animals may not be able to fend for themselves in the environment and the risks they face can be fatal."

Stomp also reached out to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) regarding the case.

SPCA's executive director Dr Jaipal Singh said: "This case was not reported to us. 

"We read about the case with deep concern. 

"Animal cruelty has no place in our society and cases like this need to be thoroughly investigated.

"Members of the public can call our 24-hour hotline at 6287 5355 ext 9 for assistance with such cases.

"If there is evidence of abuse, we will engage the authorities."