Oct 18, 2005, 5:27 PM
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BY CHIN MUI YOON
!!!RM100 Fine for Dog Abuser!!!
PLEADED GUILTY: Lien trying to dodge photographers when leaving the Shah Alam magistrate’s court yesterday.SHAH ALAM: An engineer admitted to grossly neglecting his German Shepherd and letting it suffer unduly, and was slapped with a RM100 fine.
Douglas Lien San Chong, 46, was charged with allowing his dog's health to deteriorate and its body to be infested with ticks and not providing it with medical care.
Veterinarians tried saving the dog but decided to put it to sleep to end its misery.
Lien said in mitigation that he had been “too busy with his personal matters and house moving” to look after the canine.
“The tick infestation was a small problem and there was enough food and water for the dog, which was already old and sickly anyway,” Lien, who was unrepresented, told the court.
He was charged in a magistrate's court here yesterday with committing the offence on Aug 18 at No 38, USJ 17/3B.
VICTIM OF ABUSE: This was how Veterinary Services Department officers found Sheena on Aug 18 at its owner’s house in Subang Jaya.Magistrate Hafizah Abdul Rajak fined him RM100.
Lien was charged under Section 44(1)(d) of the Animal Ordinance 1953, which provides for a fine of up to RM200 and a jail term of up to six months.
On Aug 18, Kuala Lumpur Veterinary Services Department officers seized the dog, Sheena, which was suffering from malnutrition and severe tick fever.
The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals plans to file an appeal at the High Court today, seeking the maximum penalty.
Its animal inspector Sabrina Yeap said a fine of RM100 would not serve to deter anyone from abusing animals.
The post-mortem, she added, showed that the dog had an empty stomach, shrunken kidneys, a brittle ribcage, indicating inadequate nutrition over the years, and haemorrhage in its lungs, a sign of pneumonia.
Moreover, its nails were long and curved into its paws, causing pain when it tried to walk.
Department enforcement unit head Zainuddin Isma Yatim said this was one of the worst cases of animal abuse he had ever seen.
“How could anyone cause an animal to suffer so much,” he said.
In December, a 39-year-old businesswoman was jailed three days and fined RM200 for abusing her pet dog.
Source: The Star
Dated: 18 October 2005
(This post was edited by chrisong on Oct 18, 2005, 5:28 PM)