A man who made his pet dog suffer for almost a month, leading to its eventual death, has been fined $3,500.
Mr Ng Yeow Chian, 51, was fined in court last week for animal cruelty, after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) received feedback that he had failed to take his pet dog, a miniature schnauzer, for follow-up treatment.
This comes even after it was diagnosed with serious medical conditions, including chronic heart disease.
The AVA said Mr Ng had caused the dog "unnecessary pain and suffering", by not taking it back for the scheduled review despite several calls from the clinic.
The AVA statement added that instead of animal prescription painkillers, "(the accused's family) inappropriately fed the dog aspirin tablets. The dog subsequently passed away".
After the initial vet visit in September 2017, the vet recommended that the dog either be treated, albeit without guarantee of recovery, or euthanised, the agency said.