SINGAPORE - The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has promised to take action against one of its contractors who used a modified trap which killed a stray dog in Ang Mo Kio.
A trap was placed in the area after AVA received complaints that there were stray dogs there, the authority said on Friday.
In a reply to angry Facebook users, AVA said that the trap was not approved for use in stray dog control operations. The contractor also did not follow AVA regulations to monitor the trap and remove any trapped animal quickly.
A video uploaded by a netizen who discovered the dead dog was shared online, prompting animal lovers to demand for an explanation.
Here is the reply AVA posted on Facebook in response to questions from netizens:
"Hi both, we are aware of this matter. We had been informed by our contractor last night that a stray dog was killed during a dog control operation in Ang Mo Kio. The operation was in response to complaints about stray dogs in the area.
"Our investigations showed that the trap used by the contractor had been modified and was not approved for use in stray dog control operations. The contractor also did not monitor the trap, as required, to ensure that any trapped animal is removed quickly.
"We will be taking enforcement actions against the contractor for these non-compliances (sic)."