SINGAPORE - One of the two cases of alleged 'cat abuse' which surfaced in Yishun recently has been solved and it turned out that the cat was attacked by stray dogs.
In CCTV footage retrieved by an Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) officer, the white cat, which was found behind Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, was seen being attacked by two stray dogs at 3.45am on Thursday (Feb 9) morning.
Cat welfare group Yishun 326 Tabby Cat posted the update on its Facebook page on Friday (Feb 10).
The group first shared photos of the white cat covered in blood on Thursday afternoon.
A cat feeder in the area told The Straits Times on Thursday that the cat, named Snowy, had been seen "well and live" at midnight on Wednesday (Feb 8).
However, a few hours later at 7am on Thursday, it was found dead by a jogger, said the 58-year-old housewife who declined to be named.
Another cat had previously been found there, allegedly with its stomach slit.
In another case, a cat is shown at a divider near Yishun MRT station in a picture posted by Facebook user Fadillah AR and shared by Yishun 326 Tabby Cat on Thursday (Feb 9) morning.
Ms Fadillah, a 29-year-old assistant library manager, told ST that her cousin found the cat at 8am on Thursday and immediately contacted AVA.
Her cousin, a 29-year-old customer service officer who gave her name as Ms Leini, said she saw it while she was on her way to work.
"I thought it was sleeping but when I went near I saw that there was a slit on the throat," she said.
Ms Veron Lau, spokesman for cat welfare group Cat Welfare Society (CWS), told ST on Thursday (Feb 9) that CWS is looking into the cases and hopes that further investigations can ascertain the cause of death for the bloodied cat.
"The cat was found covered in blood but no puncture wounds," said Ms Lau.
The two cases come months after the situation had eased following the installation of more police cameras in the area.
A spate of alleged cat abuse cases were highlighted in Yishun last year and in 2015, but the situation had improved after the installation of more police cameras there, Nee Soon GRC MP Louis Ng previously told ST.
Mr Ng, founder of Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (Acres), previously told ST that every lead was investigated but it is "hard to get evidence", as abusers will avoid killing cats in areas with cameras.
Mr Ng told ST on Thursday that he understands AVA is investigating the cases and he "would be grateful if people with any information can step forward and provide the information to AVA to aid in their investigation".
AVA told ST that it collected the carcasses of both cats as part of its investigations.
It called for members of the public who have information on these cases - such as photographic or video evidence or eyewitness information - to contact AVA at 1800-476-1600.
All information provided will be kept in strict confidence, it said.