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Review alleged dog abuse case, welfare groups urge

Published on Mar 24, 2014 8:06 AM
Four of five dogs taken from the Pasir Ris camp that are now under the care of Animal Lovers League. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG 

Unconvinced by a probe that found no sign of abuse, 10 animal welfare groups have appealed to the authorities to review a case of alleged dog abuse at a Pasir Ris army camp in January.

They have written to the Defence and National Development ministries to ask them to "redefine the parameters" of what constitutes animal abuse. They also asked to be included in future probes of animal abuse, according to the letter which The Straits Times saw last week.

The groups are referring to an incident in January in which a full-time National Serviceman took a video of a dog strung up in a camp bathroom and sent it to the Animal Lovers League to alert the group about possible abuse.

While the authorities led by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) found no signs of injury on the dog or proof of abuse, the welfare groups are unconvinced. They believe the definition of animal abuse has "negated the psychological distress the dog was subjected to".

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