Suspect in Yishun serial cat-abuse case charged

Suspect in Yishun serial cat-abuse case charged
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Update: The 40-year-old man believed to be involved in a series of cat-abuse cases in Yishun has been charged in court on Tuesday.

Lee Wai Leong is accused of throwing a cat from the 13th floor of Block 115B in Yishun Ring Road on the morning of Oct 30, Channel NewsAsia reported. It also said that the cat died.

The Straits Times said that Lee is the first person to be charged under the new Animals and Birds Act, which was amended last year to toughen penalties against those convicted of animal cruelty. Lee did not enter a plea, it said.

Lee has been remanded for two weeks for psychiatric assessment at the Institute of Mental Health, the English daily said.

sinsh@sph.com.sg

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SINGAPORE - Police have arrested a 40-year-old man believed to be involved in a series of cat abuse cases in Yishun.

In a joint statement on Monday, police and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said that the suspect was arrested on December 27 at Yishun Ring Road.

At least 19 cats have been found abused since September in Yishun, with 17 of them found dead and two injured. In the most recent case, a cat was found dead in a pond next to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital on December 26.

The authorities said in the statement that the suspect's identity was established through extensive investigation.

The suspect will face court on December 29 for the offence of animal cruelty.

First time offenders can be fined up to $15,000 and/or jailed up to 18 months.

Repeat offenders could be given an even higher fine of up to $30,000, and could also be jailed up to three years or both.

ljessica@sph.com.sg

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