Woman found with emaciated dog fined $2,500 for failing to care for it properly

A 41-year-old woman was fined $2,500 in court yesterday (Aug 29) for failure in duty of care to her pet dog.

The Agri-Food and Veterinarian Authority of Singapore (AVA) received feedback on an emanciated dog in Jul 2017 and subsequently launched investigations.

AVA officers later found Rosario Janie Foong to be the owner, and that she had failed to provide her female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with adequate and suitable food and water.

For failure in duty of care, offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or a maximum jail term of 12 months for first convictions.

AVA advises the public that safeguarding animal welfare is a shared responsibility that needs the cooperation of all stakeholders, including the public.

Members of the public can play their part by being vigilant.

The public should promptly report cases of animal welfare to AVA via our 24-hour hotline, 1800-476-1600 or via AVA's website.

Providing photographic and/or video-graphic evidence will help in investigations.

All information shared with AVA will be held in strict confidence.

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