A couple took their pet dog across the Causeway for a holiday on Aug 7 - but the action came back to bite them. It turned out they had needed an export licence to do so, but did not have one.
They were found out two days later when they and their maltese terrier returned to Singapore.
Chow Teck Meng, 41, and Karen Yip Lin Yee, 37 - who are in the second-hand car business - were each fined $10,000 for importing the dog at Woodlands checkpoint without a licence issued by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).
As well as those fines imposed by a night court on Tuesday, the pet owners were also punished for their actions after being found out. After the dog was spotted, it was quarantined at Changi Animal and Plant Quarantine (CAPQ) centre. The next day, Chow contacted an AVA officer to visit it.
Chow told the officer that he was unhappy with it being housed at CAPQ and demanded that it be moved elsewhere. But his request was turned down. Despite this, Chow took his dog home.
AVA officer Lee Kok Chun went to the couple's home at Farleigh Avenue, but they refused to hand over the dog. The police had to be called. Yip then told the police and the AVA officer that the dog had run away and the current one in the house was a stray.
But the couple refused to hand it over to Mr Lee for verification.
Eventually, an airport police officer came and managed to convince the couple to hand the pet over.
Mr Lee scanned the dog and it was confirmed to be the same one as the microchip record matched.
Chow was fined $2,000 for obstructing an officer. Yip was also fined $2,000 for deliberately lying to Mr Lee to delay him access to the dog. A charge of exporting the dog to Malaysia at Tuas checkpoint was taken into consideration against each of them.
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