Puppy's tail apparently 'chopped off' in suspected abuse case: AVA investigating

SINGAPORE - A puppy was found along Pasir Ris Farmway on Friday (April 21) with its tail apparently missing, in what is a suspected abuse case.

Mr Sam Chan, a 48-year-old dog trainer, posted photos and a video on Facebook on Friday showing the puppy, with its tail missing.

The post was shared more than 3,600 times.

Photo: Facebook/ Apollo Chan

"I don't know who will do this, those perverts," he told The Straits Times in Mandarin on Saturday (April 22).

He said a feeder had found the puppy along Pasir Ris Farmway on April, and it is now at the vet.

在此我要感谢一个人,就是我们的Dr Teng。当我把狗带去给他看的时候,他看完了告诉我说,狗宝宝可能过不了这一关,我问他怎么办,那个时候我很乱,可能他看得出來。后来他告诉我们,他会把狗宝宝带回家,观察一个晚上。感谢主,在Dr Teng的照顾下,宝宝挨过了这一关。再次的感谢Dr Teng, (Teng!如果可以的话,下次我们见面时,可以让我亲你的头一下吗?🤔

Posted by Apollo Chan on Friday, April 21, 2017

It will be put up for rehoming at Mutts and Mittens, a pet shop that also boards and rehomes animals.

Mr Chan, who has worked there for six to seven years, said he thinks it could be abuse as the tail was cut very cleanly and was unlikely to be accidental.

Mr Derrick Tan, president of dog rescue group Voices for Animals, told ST that the puppy's wound was surrounded by maggots.

He said: "We are unsure if it was cut off, or someone had tied a rubber band around it.

"It could be abuse as it is a very clean cut."

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is investigating the case.

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This article was first published on April 22, 2017.
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