Dog dies after head gets shoved into pipe near SPCA, AVA investigating

Submitted by Stomper Anne

A viral Facebook post showing a dead dog with its head stuck in a pipe at Jalan Lam Sam, near the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) building, has enraged many netizens.

Stomper Anne alerted Stomp to the post by Ananthi Naidu, a volunteer at local dog shelter 'Save Our Street Dogs' (SOSD) Singapore.

In the photos, a dog can be seen with its head stuck in a t-shaped pipe. She wrote, "This photo (was) taken by an old feeder seeking justice for his stray he had been feeding. This is (an) inhumane act of a beastly human. What did the poor dog do to you?"

We reached out to Ananthi Naidu who gave us the number of 68-year-old retiree Han Hee Siew, an avid dog lover who took the photos.

In a telephone interview with Stomp, Mr Han said that he found the dead dog near a canal at Jalan Lam Sam on Oct 19. The area where the dead dog was found was also close to the SPCA building.

He had been feeding the stray dog every day for the past 4 to 5 years.

He told Stomp in a telephone interview, "I was shocked and angry. Someone clearly forced the dog's head into the pipe."

Mr Han later shared the photos with Ananthi Naidu, who posted the photos on Facebook to help spread the word.

"I hope more people can be aware of this. Many dogs have disappeared in the area over the years."

Many netizens were also quick to condemn the act of cruelty.

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) told Stomp that they are currently investigating the incident.

In response to queries by Stomp, SPCA's Executive Director, Dr Jaipal Singh Gill, said: "It is always very distressing to hear of such a case and it needs to be thoroughly investigated. Animal cruelty has no place in our society.

"For cases of suspected cruelty, it is very important for any eye witnesses to step up as the authorities require evidence to bring the case forward. We urge anyone with any information on this case to contact the SPCA or AVA."