AVA looking into case of dog chained to house in Siglap

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority is looking into the condition of a dog chained outside a house.
The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority is looking into the condition of a dog chained outside a house.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/CHAINED DOG AWARENESS IN SINGAPORE
The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority is looking into the condition of a dog chained outside a house.
The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority is looking into the condition of a dog chained outside a house.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/CHAINED DOG AWARENESS IN SINGAPORE
The chained dog's shelter.
The chained dog's shelter. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/CHAINED DOG AWARENESS IN SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) is looking into the case of a dog chained at a house in Siglap, it said on Monday (July 25).

The latest investigation comes after another complaint about the living conditions of the dog.

This case has been brought to the agency's attention "on various occasions since 2014", AVA said.

The Straits Times understands it is chained at a house on Figaro Street.

Photos posted on the Facebook page "Chained dog awareness in Singapore" on Saturday (July 23) show the dog's movements restrained by a chain that is bolted to the wall. The dog has no fur from its middle to its hind legs.

The administrator of the page, who gave her name only as Ms Lee, wrote: "He looked at us with his lifeless eyes, head lowered as if he is ashamed of his looks and retreated back into his rusty, dilapilated kennel."

AVA commented on her post, asking her for more details.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, AVA also said that it has inspected the premises "on several occasions" before and checked on the overall living conditions of the dog.

"Its welfare was not compromised and it was provided with adequate food, water and shelter," AVA said.

"While the dog was leashed, the leash was long enough for the dog to move freely in and out of its cage, which was covered."

However, AVA said it is investigating this latest feedback.

Ms Lee, 46, a business owner, said that she set up the Facebook group last year as she does not believe that dogs should be chained 24 hours.

"It's very simple. If you do not want to be chained, don't do it to our animals," she told The Straits Times.

She pointed out that the dog's chain appears to have been shortened, and it paces around "in the same spot".

She also questioned the adequacy of the dog's shelter and the cleanliness of its drinking water.

She added that concerned members of the public who have reported the case to AVA have noted that the dog "has grown visibly thinner and weaker".