Grey Siamese cat found dead at Tampines block after man seen hurting it

SINGAPORE - A grey Siamese cat was found dead 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 on Monday (May 30) after the Cat Welfare Society made an appeal for information in a post on its Facebook page.

The cat, which was 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 advisor, told The Straits Times on Monday that her mother first heard a high-pitched shriek lasting about seven seconds after midnight. However, she did not find anything unusual when she went 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 again and bent down with a lighter."

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

When the pair found the cat at close to 2am, it was barely alive, lying in a pool of urine with blood flowing out of its mouth.

"She had been badly abused and there was internal bleeding. It gave a last cry before it died," said Ms Ong, who has since gathered other residents to patrol the area at night.

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

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authory said that it is investigating the case. "We have collected the cat carcass and will be conducting post mortem examination," it said.

Members of the public who have information on this case can contact AVA at 1800-476-1600.