On 8 February 2018, a man was sentenced to jail for three months for mistreating his ex-girlfriend’s family pet, Treasure, and caused its death by flinging it against the wall.
Gerald Kok Zhin Oi, 23, was convicted of four of seven charges of abusing Treasure on multiple times between July and December 2016.
He is also banned from owning an animal for one year from the date he is released from jail.
The dog belonged to his girlfriend’s brother, who installed a CCTV camera in his bedroom to keep tabs on Treasure. He suspected Kok of hitting Treasure, and told his mother not to leave Kok alone with Treasure at any point in time.
“It all started in July when Treasure bit (Kok) for no reason,” Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) prosecutor Yap Teck Chuan said.
Kok admitted he ill-treated the dog a few times over the following months, culminating in the fatal incident on Christmas Day in 2016.
The family went out at about 5:20 pm and unintentionally left Treasure alone with Kok on 25 December 2016. Shortly after leaving the house, Kok’s girlfriend’s mother then recollected that her son reminded her not to leave Kok alone with the dog.
Kok’s girlfriend returned to the flat immediately, and caught Kok standing near her bedroom with bloodied tissue. To her horror, she saw Treasure lying bloodied and motionless on the floor. She took the dog to the vet, and Treasure was pronounced dead at the spot.
An X-ray showed that Treasure had suffered neck and skull fractures due to blunt force trauma to the head.
Kok had lied that he was carrying Treasure to the bedroom when he slipped and fell, the prosecutor said. However, the CCTV camera had captured Kok hitting the dog and flinging it across the bed.
For ill-treating Treasure, Kok could have been jailed for up to 18 months and fined up to S$15,000 on each charge.
“AVA takes a stern view of animal cruelty and will not hesitate to take enforcement action against any person or organisation found to have committed acts of animal cruelty,” the authority said, adding that it would press for deterrent sentences if warranted.
Members of the public can contact AVA at 1800-476-1600 to report cases of animal cruelty.
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