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Tang Yew Liang Joseph, a 33-year-old, was fined $4,800 for pet abandonment and keeping of unlicensed dogs, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said in a press release on Thursday (Jun 1).
The AVA conducted investigations following the notification of the abandonment of two pet dogs at Blk 150 Ubi Ave 4.
The dogs were abandoned at two separate locations (Ubi Ave 1 and Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD) rehabilitation centre) since November 2016 and have been taken in by a fosterer and SOSD.
Tang admitted that he abandoned his pet dog, Momo, because he was facing financial difficulties and could not take care of Momo.
However, there was insufficient evidence to conclude that Tang had abandoned his other pet dog, Orni.
It was also during the investigations that AVA found out that Tang did not license both his pet dogs.
In the press release, AVA mentioned,"Individuals who abandon their pets are liable to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or 12 months jail term for first convictions. Pet owners who do not license their pet dogs are liable to a maximum fine of $5,000 upon conviction."
"Safeguarding animal welfare is a shared social responsibility requiring the cooperation of all stakeholders, including the public."
While AVA continues to ensure that the necessary enforcement action is taken and raises awareness on animal welfare, you can do your part by being alert.
You should promptly report cases of pet abandonment to AVA via their 24-hour hotline, 1800-476-1600 or via this website (https://www.ifaq.gov.sg/AVA/apps/feedback.aspx).