The carcass of a cat was found floating in a pond next to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Yishun yesterday morning, following a series of cat deaths in the area.
Ms Janet Sum, founder of cat interest group Yishun 326 Tabby Cat, was told of the finding by an officer from the National Parks Board at about 8am yesterday.
The cat carcass was found floating beside two objects in the pond.
It is unclear if the latest death is linked to a recent spate of cat abuse incidents in the area.
In the last three months, 16 other cats, mostly strays, have been found dead in the Yishun area.
Earlier this month, a stray named Oli was found under a car with two broken legs at Block 170, Yishun Avenue 7. Its injuries are believed to have been deliberately inflicted. It has since been discharged from hospital and is now living under foster care, said Yishun 326 Tabby Cat.
The other cats were found with severe trauma to the head and back, injuries to intestinal organs, gouged eyes and chopped limbs.
Mr Louis Ng, MP for Nee Soon GRC and executive director of Acres (Animal Concerns Research and Education Society), said the latest cat death is worrying and a post-mortem will determine if it is linked to previous cases.
"We are determined to ensure that justice is served. Members of the public and Yishun 326 Tabby Cat are working closely with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Police Force to nab the culprit(s)," said Mr Ng.
He said concerned members from the Nee Soon East community have also stepped forward to offer a $6,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the person or people committing these crimes.
Ms Veron Lau, a committee member of the Cat Welfare Society said of the latest case: "More awareness has not helped the case... For now, we should just let the police groundwork take place."
•Additional reporting by Chew Hui Min