Cat found dead at Tampines Street 81; third case in five weeks

White cat found dead at the foot of Block 889, Tampines Street 81, on June 19, 2016.
White cat found dead at the foot of Block 889, Tampines Street 81, on June 19, 2016. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/RESCUE AND REHOME CATS

SINGAPORE - Another cat has been found dead at the foot of an HDB block in Tampines - the third case in the housing estate in five weeks.

The white cat was found at the foot of Block 889, Tampines Street 81, on Sunday (June 19) morning.

A passer-by who found it called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) at 9.40am, the society said.

Photos of the cat, which has fluffy white fur, was circulated on animal and cat interest groups on Facebook.

SPCA's rescue officer arrived at the scene at 10.05am, but the cat was found dead. The officer asked bystanders at the scene if they saw anything, but there were no witnesses, SPCA said. 

The member of public who made the call also went to knock on the doors of residents in the block, but the cat's owner was not found, the society said. 

"As there were no eyewitnesses, the cat's cause of death is not conclusive," said Dr Jaipal Singh Gill, Executive Director of SPCA.

As of Monday afternoon, no one has contacted the society, or come forward to claim the cat's body, SPCA said.

It looked like a house cat, as it was well groomed, according to the SPCA.

"Cat owners should mesh up their windows, as cats are naturally curious, and natural jumpers," Dr Jaipal added.

A 25-year-old man believed to be responsible for abusing and killing a cat at Block 884, Tampines Street 83, was arrested on May 31.

He was allegedly seen slamming a grey Siamese cat on the ground twice and kicking it, before setting it alight on May 25. The suspect later posted bail.

A few days before this 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.

Members of the public can share information on animal cruelty cases to AVA via its 24-hour hotline on 1800-476-1600.