Cat 'hurled to death' in Redhill; AVA to probe

A cat was found close to death at the foot of Block 89, Redhill Close, around noon last Saturday. It had suffered a broken leg and shattered mouth, according to a Facebook post by user Fariq Sani. The animal died before the SPCA's rescue officer arri
A cat was found close to death at the foot of Block 89, Redhill Close, around noon last Saturday. It had suffered a broken leg and shattered mouth, according to a Facebook post by user Fariq Sani. The animal died before the SPCA's rescue officer arrived at the scene.PHOTO: COURTESY OF FARIQ SANI

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is to probe the death of a cat which was allegedly hurled from a Housing Board block in Redhill.

The animal was found close to death at the foot of Block 89, Redhill Close, around noon last Saturday. It had suffered a broken leg and shattered mouth, according to a Facebook post by user Fariq Sani.

The AVA said yesterday that it is "aware of the case and will be investigating".

Mr Fariq told The Straits Times he suspected the cat had been thrown from a substantial height because of the nature of its injuries.

The 43-year-old, who is self-employed, said he was making a delivery to one of the units at the block with his family when his wife heard a loud thud.

"We spotted the body on the way down and decided to call the police and the SPCA," he said.

Dr Jaipal Singh Gill, acting executive director for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), said the cat had already died when its rescue officer arrived at the scene.

"No witnesses have stepped forward so far and our inspector has been liaising with AVA on the case."

The SPCA put up appeal posters in the vicinity of the incident in a bid to determine the cause of the cat's injuries. A Facebook post asking for information was also uploaded yesterday afternoon.

The incident is the latest in a string of suspicious cat deaths.

Last week, a 41-year-old unemployed man was sentenced to 18 months' probation for throwing a cat over the 13th-floor parapet at his block in Yishun Ring Road.

Lee Wai Leong, who has moderate intellectual disability, admitted to one count of wantonly causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2016, with the headline 'Cat 'hurled to death' in Redhill; AVA to probe'. Print Edition | Subscribe