AVA investigating case of abused cat found dead in Toa Payoh

The cat, named Mei Mei, was missing for about a week before her body was found in the bushes by a cat feeder, Mr Joseph Wong.
The cat, named Mei Mei, was missing for about a week before her body was found in the bushes by a cat feeder, Mr Joseph Wong.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SIN HUAY

SINGAPORE - The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore is investigating a case of cat abuse in Toa Payoh.

The cat, named Mei Mei, was missing for about a week before her body was found in the bushes by a cat feeder, Mr Joseph Wong.

It often wandered around Toa Payoh Lorong 2, said Ms Ho Sin Huay, who wrote about the incident on Facebook.

"Her eyes had been gouged out, and the fur on the lower half of her body, including her tail, had been stripped off," Ms Ho said on Facebook

She told The Straits Times: "It's very apparent that it's the work of a non-animal."

Ms Ho, 39, said this is the first time they have come across an obvious case of abuse in their area.

Mr Wong, who was shocked by the discovery, wrapped the body up in towels and put it in the dumpster, she said.

Following two recent abuse cases, the Cat Welfare Society has put up an appeal on Facebook for people who find the bodies of abused animals to report it to AVA to help in their investigations.

"We cannot stress how important it is that abuse be reported to AVA quickly and the body of the animal be secured until it is retrieved. Otherwise, all efforts are lost in bringing justice for our cats," the post read.

Another cat was found dead in a riser in Pasir Ris on Feb 13.

The Toa Payoh case was not reported to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), it said.

"It is very distressing and concerning to hear of any case of animal abuse. Anyone with any information on the case should step forward and contact the AVA," said SPCA executive director, Dr Jaipal Singh Gill.

He said that the number of cat abuse cases reported to SPCA have not increased in the last three years.

"However, we are now seeing more cases being shared via social media and other platforms," he added.

AVA is appealing to members of the public who have information on the case to contact the agency at 1800-4761600.

All information provided will be kept in strict confidence, AVA said.