Tammy's adopter accused of lying

Tammy's adopter accused of lying

SINGAPORE - The woman who adopted Tammy, a mongrel puppy, has been accused of lying that it had been rehomed when she had already had it put down for "aggressive behaviour".

This was stated in a Letter of Demand for breach of contract sent by the lawyer for pet rehomer Ada Ong to expatriate Alison McElwee.

Ms McElwee, a clinic receptionist, had adopted Tammy from Ms Ong and had signed a Pet Adoption Agreement to return it if it was no longer wanted.

The Briton had the pup put down on Oct 7, claiming it had been aggressive and had bitten her and her children.


Citing SMS exchanges between the two parties on Oct 8, the letter claims that despite Ms Ong's "obvious anxiety and concerns" over Tammy's welfare, Ms McElwee had "deliberately misled" her and acted in clear breach of her obligations to return the puppy to Ms Ong if she no longer wanted it.

In a media statement through Animal Concerns Education and Research Society, Ms Ong, who is represented by Mr Edwin Tong of law firm Allen & Gledhill, said: "I have consulted my lawyers and they have informed me that I have a good case against Alison.

"I have decided to pursue this matter to raise public awareness towards animal welfare."

Ms Ong wants a written acknowledgement from Ms McElwee that it was "inappropriate and in breach of your obligations under the Pet Adoption Agreement to put Tammy down", and for her to pay $1,000 in damages and $200 for legal costs.

The money will be donated to a charity of Ms Ong's choice.

Ms McElwee was given till the "close of business on Nov 8" to accept the offer. Mr Tong, who was overseas, could not be contacted for comment on Friday.

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