SPCA to act against man who swung dog by neck

SPCA to act against man who swung dog by neck
PHOTO: Stomp

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is planning to take legal action against a man who was caught on camera using a leash to lift his dog up by its neck.

The shocking clip, which was uploaded on citizen journalism website Stomp on Saturday, shows the owner swinging and spinning the white Japanese Spitz in mid-air.

Speaking in Mandarin, the man can be heard attempting to get the dog to follow him, but it had refused.

In a Facebook post on Saturday evening, SPCA said it had removed the dog from the man's home - with the help of the police - to ensure its safety.

A veterinarian who checked on the dog after did not find any noticeable physical injuries.

SPCA added that it had referred the case to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore and both organisations are working together to build a case against the dog's owner.

Under the revised Animal and Birds Act, anyone found guilty of cruelty to animals, including the abandonment of any animal, can be jailed for at least 18 months and/or fined up to $15,000. 

This article by The Straits Times was published in MyPaper, a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.

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