‘Severely neglected’ dog dies after being abandoned during circuit breaker, SPCA investigating
The SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward leading to the prosecution of those responsible.
The Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA) posted an appeal for information on Jun 4 regarding an abandoned male Maltese dog.
The dog, according to SPCA, was found outside a pet shop in Toa Payoh Central on May 31 at around 9:30am.
It looked to be in a poor state of health and was left in a blue basket with nothing but newspapers, which was used as padding. SPCA wrote in its Facebook post that the dog “appeared to have been severely neglected for quite some time”.
While the dog received veterinary treatment after being found, it died on Jun 1.
SPCA is also offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the prosecution of those responsible.
According to SPCA’s annual report for 2019, the shelter took in a total of 960 pets from people who surrendered their pets due to various reasons. While the number was a decrease from the previous year, impulse buying is still an ongoing issue that causes pet owners to give up their pets.
This recent case of abandonment should come as a reminder that pets are a commitment for life and they should be treated with care by their owners.
However, if a pet owner finds that they are no longer able to care for their pet, abandonment is not the solution as there are proper channels to give up their pet.
According to SPCA, pet owners can ask friends and family to adopt the animal or put up adoption ads in newspapers. Free adoption ads can also be put up on multiple platforms such as social networking sites, on bulletin boards in supermarkets and veterinary clinics and online pet forums.
Pet owners can also rehome their pets via SPCA by filling out the rehoming notice on their website.
Let’s remember that pets are living beings that require care and attention. There are a lot of things to consider when getting a pet such as the animal, the breed and even the state of your home, so one should never get pets on impulse.