The Army has said its Pasir Ris camp has suffered a series of attacks by "increasingly aggressive" stray dogs, after punishing a full-time National Serviceman who filmed one strung up in a camp bathroom so it could not move.
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Female worker at Pasir Ris Camp bitten by aggressive stray dogs twice: SAF
Stray dogs have been chasing and attacking personnel and members of the public at Pasir Ris Camp, says the Singapore Armed Forces.
They have also uploaded a photo on their facebook page, showing the injuries suffered by a female worker at the camp, after she was bitten by the dogs on two occasions.
This update comes amid allegations that a dog was being abused at the camp, after a video showing the canine tied up in a bathroom surfaced online.
The national serviceman who filmed the video has been punished with 21 days suspension of leave by the army for unauthorised videography and unauthorised disclosure of information to a third-party.
A reader Vernon had alerted Stomp to the photo of the female worker's bite marks, which was uploaded on SAF's Facebook page on Feb 26, with the following comment:
"The SAF does not condone any acts of cruelty to animals. The stray dogs that had entered Pasir Ris camp were aggressive, and there were at least five recorded occasions of the dogs biting or attempting to bite our personnel.
"We have attached a photograph to show the dog bites suffered by a lady who works in the camp and was bitten twice.
"The dogs were unpredictable and were a persistent danger to personnel. Commanders, who have a duty of care for their personnel, tried to chase the dogs out of the camp. Unfortunately, they remain a danger.
"The unit contacted AVA and was advised to contain the dogs and hand them over to AVA. The trapped dogs were handed over to AVA. The dogs were never abused. Allegations against these commanders were untrue and unfounded.
"The person who took the video was a soldier in the camp. He violated camp security regulations that prohibit unauthorised photography in camp and disclosure of information to persons outside the SAF. These are serious offences, and he was punished for these offences."
Said the Stomp reader in his email: "It looks like the stray dog problem was very bad.
"Look at the bite marks! I cannot imagine how the poor lady must have felt! Ouch!"
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has concluded that allegations of a dog being abused in Pasir Ris Camp were unfounded after their investigations.
SAF has also clarified that strays had been chasing and attacking people in the area, with four incidents resulting in injuries to camp personnel.
Allegations of the abuse came about earlier last month, when a video showing the dog supposedly tied to a toilet stall in the camp surfaced online.
It was claimed that the dog was being tugged from one end of the rope like a pulley.
On Jan 15, SAF responded on their Facebook page that the dog in the video had been caught and handed over to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), who examined the animal and verified that there were no signs of abuse.
AVA also confirmed that they had collected a microchipped dog from Pasir Ris Camp on Jan 13, in response to an alert from a member of the public on the organisation's Facebook page regarding the incident.
In the posting, AVA added that the dog was found in good condition with no injuries. They were also in the process of tracing the dog's owner and were working with Mindef to investigate the matter.
In a new Facebook posting dated today (Feb 25), SAF announced on their page that Mindef has concluded investigations into the alleged abuse of dogs at Pasir Ris Camp.
Here is the statement reproduced in full:
"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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