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The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is assisting the authorities with investigations into a case involving a dog being verbally and physically abused by a man.
A video of the incident was shared on Chained Dog Awareness in Singapore's Facebook page where it has since garnered over 32,000 views.
The post alleged that the incident happened on the premises of K9 Connection, a dog training company in MacPherson.
In the video, a man is heard telling the dog: "Welcome to hell, my friend."
He then calls it a "f****** Indian dog" and threatens it: "Tonight you make a single noise you see what will happen to you."
"C**** want to bite me."
He is heard speaking Mandarin to someone about "frightening" the animal.
Presumably referring to another dog, he says: "Xiao Hei will tell you how the f*** he suffered."
The then commands the dog to sit down before saying: "Want to fight me, I will smash another bowl for you."
He then proceeds to hit the dog repeatedly with a metal food bowl and a metal rod.
The dog is seen cowering in a corner and baring its teeth in retaliation.
In response to a Stomp query, SPCA's executive director Ms Aarthi Sankar said: "The SPCA received several reports regarding this incident.
"We are currently assisting with investigations.
"We are deeply disturbed by the actions portrayed in the video as they are both abusive towards animals and insensitive towards humans.
"Based on the audio, we are also concerned that the perpetrator may have treated other animals under his care in a similar manner.
"Such methods are aversive and unacceptable from an animal welfare standpoint.
"Unfortunately, cases of choking, strangling, suspending, kicking, beating, and shocking a dog with electric collars are still being practiced within the animal training industry.
"These methods are archaic and cause more harm than good.
"In 2020, the SPCA launched the ‘Teach with Kindness’ campaign, aiming to put an end to such outdated methods to pave the way for improved training standards.
"While training is an important aspect of pet ownership, it is equally important to ensure that the right training provider is selected.
"Pet guardians should do thorough research before selecting the right trainer.
"Avoid trainers who promise immediate results or who do not provide you with sufficient information about the training program and curriculum.
"Ensure that you monitor your pet’s well-being and look out for any signs of distress during the training.
"If you see an act of cruelty or suspect mistreatment of animals in the form of training, alert the SPCA or the relevant authorities."
SPCA is also appealing to any member of the public who has credible information or further evidence of abuse related to this case to contact the SPCA at their 24/7 hotline at 6287 5355 (ext. 9) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
All information will be treated with the strictest of confidence.