Cat dies after being 'thrown and kicked by man' in Tampines

The alleged cat abuser fled towards Block 886, Tampines Street 83, when confronted.
The alleged cat abuser fled towards Block 886, Tampines Street 83, when confronted.PHOTO: COURTESY OF JASLYNN ONG

A grey Siamese cat was found dying with blood oozing from its mouth in the void deck of a Housing Board block in Tampines Street 83 last Wednesday morning.

The latest case of cat abuse came to light yesterday after the Cat Welfare Society (CWS) made an appeal for information on its Facebook page.

The cat, found at Block 884, had been "slammed on the ground twice" and "burned with a lighter" by a man who looked to be in his 20s, CWS wrote, quoting an account of the incident by Tampines resident Jaslynn Ong.

Ms Ong, a 37-year-old financial adviser, told The Straits Times yesterday that her mother first heard a high-pitched shriek lasting about seven seconds after midnight, but found nothing unusual when she went down to the void deck to check on it.

 

"After we heard a second shriek, we went to the kitchen window, where we saw a man throwing something on the floor twice and kicking it," said Ms Ong, who lives on the third floor of the block. "Later, he came back and bent down with a lighter."

Shocked, Ms Ong then ran to the void deck with her mother, who went after the man's direction, but he disappeared in the vicinity of Block 886, she said.

When they found the cat at close to 2am, it was barely alive, in a pool of urine and bleeding from its mouth. It died shortly after.

"She had been badly abused and there was internal bleeding," said Ms Ong, who has since gathered other residents to patrol at night.

A few days before the incident, a dead black cat with a bloodied mouth was found at Block 885 by a cleaner. Another cat was found injured with a dislocated leg.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authory (AVA) said it was investigating. Members of the public who have information can contact AVA at 1800-476-1600.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2016, with the headline 'Cat dies after being 'thrown and kicked by man' in Tampines'. Print Edition | Subscribe