Man who abandoned cats on rooftop garden of Yishun carpark fined $2,000

Muhammad Firdaus Bin Samsudin, 24, abandoned two cats in a pet carrier at a rooftop garden of a multi-storey carpark at Block 504 Yishun Street 51.

He was fined $2,000 and issued a six-month disqualification order (DO) yesterday (Oct 17) by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).

A resident found the pet carrier, which was covered by a blue canvas sheet, on Nov 4 and alerted AVA.

The two cats have since been rehomed.

AVA takes a stern view on pet abandonment.

It says that all feedback will be investigated and enforcement action will be taken where necessary.

Individuals who abandon their pets are liable to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or a maximum jail term of 12 months for first convictions.

Safeguarding animal welfare is a shared responsibility that requires the cooperation of all stakeholders, including the public.

AVA advises members of the public to remain vigilant and promptly report cases of animal welfare issues.

They can do so via AVA's 24-hour hotline, 1800-476-1600, or via their website.

Photographic and video evidence will help in AVA's investigations.

All information shared with AVA will be held in the strictest confidence.