SINGAPORE - A broker who repeatedly left his dog trapped on an apartment balcony without enough food and water has been fined $5,000 for animal cruelty.
Roy Ling Chung Yee, 36, caused "unnecessary suffering" after exposing the border collie to the elements for up to six hours a day.
The abuse lasted for half a year until the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) stepped in and called the police.
Ling, who lives alone at a condominium in Selegie, has now been convicted under the Animals and Birds Act - the first such case in recent years. Court documents reveal how he left the pet - called Hugo - outside come rain or shine over a six-month period in 2011.
During his trial earlier this year, Ling argued that the lock on the balcony sliding door was broken and the dog was free to enter the flat. But District Judge Ng Peng Hong rejected this claim, ruling that the broker had failed to provide enough food and water for his pet.
He added that Hugo did not have to be sick or injured to go through "unnecessary suffering".
Ling's cruelty was revealed after a neighbour and two other residents noticed the dog's plight and reported him to the SPCA. It alerted the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) which advised Ling to improve his pet's care. When he carried on regardless, the society went to the police. Eleven prosecution witnesses took the stand during the five-day trial.
They included veterinarians, AVA officers, an SPCA investigator and a dog trainer.