Allegations of dog abuse in Pasir Ris Camp unfounded: Mindef

SINGAPORE - The allegations of dog abuse in Pasir Ris Camp are unfounded, says the Ministry of Defence/Singapore Armed Forces, as they completed the investigations into the matter.

In a Facebook post, Mindef/SAF said it also shared the findings of their investigations with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) who agreed that there was no dog abuse committed.

Read the SAF's Facebook post here:

MINDEF Concludes Investigation into Alleged Abuse of Dogs in Pasir Ris Camp

MINDEF/SAF has completed an investigation into the allegations of dog abuse in Pasir Ris Camp, and concluded that the allegations were unfounded. The findings of the investigation were shared with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) who agreed that there was no dog abuse committed.

Since the middle of last year, personnel from Pasir Ris Camp have been chased by stray dogs in the vicinity of the camp premises. Pasir Ris Camp also received complaints from members of public about being chased by these dogs.

In November and December last year, the dogs grew increasingly aggressive and instead of just chasing people, started to attack them. In December 2013 alone, there were six incidents of attacks by the dogs. Four of these incidents resulted in injuries to personnel. The worst case happened to a civilian lady working in the camp, who was bitten on two occasions. Camp personnel then decided to chase the dogs out to ensure the safety of the personnel in the camp. The AVA had also been alerted of the situation.

The SAF does not condone any acts of cruelty to animals and takes a serious view if its servicemen were found to be guilty of such acts.

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