|P||Yes, we do|
|E||There are more animals sent to SPCA every year because they were abandoned on the streets or their health condition. Also, animal abuse is frequently shown in news and videos online|
|E||When people find out about another case of animal abuse, they are really shocked and all, but after that, they don't really care about it anymore, until another case comes up.||This is clearly written too.. The points are clear, and I think if you have the opportunity to research further, you can substantiate these points.|
|L||This means that awareness for animal abuse needs to be raised.|
|Animal abuse is getting more common here in Singapore. People are caring less and less about their own pets as they are caught up in their own stuff and have no time to care for their own pets. Usually, they had the time to care for the pets, but as their life goes on, they just have less and less time. So, in a way, it isn't their fault, but they should have thought ahead well before they buy the pet, and think about the effects of keeping a pet in the long run. However, there ARE people who just buy the pets on impulse. Then, it turns out that they play with their pets for a month or so, then lose interest in them. Over time, this may lead to animal abuse. Nowadays, people don't really care about animal abuse until one certain case comes up. Then, there is a public uproar over it and the case is all over the media, and everyone just goes crazy about it. After the attention dies down, no one even bothers about animal abuse anymore until the next case comes up. This is our society now. A place where people only care about themselves and the human race, and don't give a thought about the animal species.||Dogs confined on balcony|
When we were notified about this case and arrived at the scene, the Husky and Golden Retriever pictured above hardly had space to move. They were tied to the balcony, surrounded by faeces. The space was too small for two dogs to move around, and the short leashes used to tie them up were seriously restricting their freedom. The dogs were also exposed to the weather. The conditions were grossly unhygienic, and their health seriously compromised. The Husky also had a choker chain around his neck, which could choke the dog while he is playing with the other dog. We advised the owner, and stressed the importance of providing freedom of movement for the animals. Dogs who are constantly confined or tied up on a daily basis not only face physical restrictions, but can develop psychological problems as well.
The owner of the beagle in the picture decided on the harshest way to stop his dog from barking or destroying things. The dog's snout and paws were taped together for long periods of time to keep him quiet, resulting in abrasions and sores on his legs. Although we referred this case to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) for further action, the owner got off lightly with a compound fine. The beagle was eventually given up by his owner at our shelter and he recovered well under our care. He has since been adopted by a loving family and is now named Bailey.
We received a report from a pet owner about his 29 fish, all found dead in one of his tanks. He had earlier left the house with his son. When he returned about 15 minutes later, he found his fish dead and reported the case to us. We advised the owner to make a police report and our inspectors went immediately to the scene. When we arrived, the police were there and had gathered the necessary evidence. In early June, the man’s domestic helper was charged in court and found guilty of poisoning the fish. She was fined $7,000. As she was unable to pay the fine, she was jailed for a month and repatriated after the jail term.
Dogs left in cars
We received several reports regarding dogs left unattended in vehicles. Where possible, we go down to the scene and advise the owners about what should be done if they need to run an errand while with an animal. Owners should bear in mind the build up of heat (made worse by the heat and humidity in Singapore) and the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning when in a car, especially because animals have bodies that are much smaller than ours. Read more about this issue here.
37 hamsters abandoned
These hamsters were found abandoned at a void deck, and were brought to our shelter by a passer-by. There were two lactating mother hamsters amongst the 37 hamsters, and it was clear that the owner had failed to separate his hamsters and allowed them to breed beyond control. Hamsters are prolific breeders and should not be kept together in a cage. They fare better when housed alone in individual cages.
71 hamsters abandoned
These hamsters were found abandoned in a box at another void deck. We see too many of such cases and cannot stress the importance of keeping hamsters separate in individual cages. Often, owners are overwhelmed by the sheer number of hamsters when they fail to keep their hamsters separate, and find themselves struggling to care for so many.
This ragdoll cat was found abandoned and was subsequently brought in to our shelter. The cat suffered from chronic skin problem that was left untreated. Often, we come across such cases where owners decide not to bring their pets to the vet although their pets require medical attention. Such cases of neglect are a form of cruelty and severely compromises the animal's health and well-being. Why keep a pet if you're not willing to bring it to the vet when it falls ill?
This rabbit was found abandoned at an open field in Bedok Reservoir Road. Two school girls spotted the rabbit in his cage, totally drenched in the rain and his own waste. There were hundreds of maggots crawling all over him, with some maggots burrowing into his flesh. The rabbit suffered from severe infection and had to be euthanased.
Exhibitions displaying live animals
A while back, we inspected these two exhibitions at Suntec City Mall and Harbourfront Centre and found the rabbits' housing conditions to be unacceptable. Some of the rabbits were kept in very small cages, all with wired flooring. The rabbits were clearly stressed as they were constantly touched by members of the public. Although there were signs advising the public not to touch the animals, no staff enforced this. We received several complaints regarding this and are grateful to concerned members of the public who provided feedback. We voiced our strong objection to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) regarding the set up of such exhibitions.
We also wrote to the AVA to request that they put a stop to the planned rabbit races and dress up contests organised by Pets Village. Rabbits are timid animals and easily suffer from shock or stress. Such promotions take place at the cost of the animals' well-being and should be stopped before the animals suffer unnecessarily. Click here for the article in Stomp about the dressing up of rabbits.