Animal lovers in Singapore horrified by recent spate of animal abuse cases

Animal lovers in Singapore horrified by recent spate of animal abuse cases
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It was dirty, sick and blind.

And it was struggling to free itself from the plastic bag it had been thrown into when it was dumped by the side of the road in Siglap on Sunday morning.

Lying on a grass patch near Palm Road, the male Japanese Chin was weak and unable to walk.

Luckily, a kind-hearted passer-by came across it.

She removed the dog from the plastic bag and took it home. She then bathed it and passed it to a friend, who then passed it to Mr Derrick Tan, founder of animal welfare group Voices For Animals (VFA).

"It was quite clean when it came to me," said Mr Tan, 34.

He took over the care of the dog and named it Max.

Mr Tan told The New Paper that the dog had an irregular heartbeat and tested mild positive for heartworms at the vet. It also has severe cataracts in both eyes.

Heartworm is a disease that dogs tend to get. Caused by mosquitoes carrying heartworm larvae, it can be fatal, though it can also be cured, Dr Geoffrey Yeo, 29, a veterinarian, told TNP.

Max is under observation at My Family Vet Clinic and Surgery, and will stay there for a few more days. The vet estimates that it is about eight years old, said Mr Tan.

"He is coughing. But other than that, he is doing okay," he said, adding that its organs were fine and there was no need for an operation.

Pictures of the dog, shared on VFA's Facebook page on Sunday night, showed it inside a plastic bag on the grass, with its tongue hanging out.

Last night, the post garnered 2,514 likes and 2,017 shares.

Many were enraged, saying it was cruel of the owners to dump the dog like this.


Mr Tan said this was the second time he had rescued a dog found in a plastic bag.

"Two years ago, just before Chinese New Year, my friend alerted me to a dog in a plastic bag at the lift lobby of a HDB block in Bukit Panjang.

"The dog was also blind and very old. Her skin condition was very, very bad and she had a foul smell. She had no teeth when she was found, and she was estimated to be at least 12 or 13 years old then," he said.

He cared for it for a year, before giving it up for adoption to one of his friends.

"She is very beautiful now and her owner takes good care of her," he said.

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