Man charged with animal cruelty which resulted in death of two dogs

Yeo Poh Kwee is said to have wantonly and unreasonably caused unnecessary pain and suffering to his pet dog.
Yeo Poh Kwee is said to have wantonly and unreasonably caused unnecessary pain and suffering to his pet dog.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE – A dog died after its owner allegedly ran down almost 20 floors with it attached to him by a leash.

Yeo Poh Kwee, 45, is said to have wantonly and unreasonably caused unnecessary pain and suffering to his female pet dog, named Yoyi, on Dec 21, 2016. This was allegedly a result of his running down the stairs with the brown toy poodle from levels 38 to 19 at a block of flats in Teban Gardens Road.

He is also accused of abandoning Yoyi by leaving it between levels 18 and 19 of the block that day; and keeping a dog that is more than three months of age without a licence.

He was charged in court on Wednesday (Sept 6).

Yeo also allegedly caused the death of another dog, a brown, male toy poodle named Brownie, on Nov 22 that year. He is accused of failing to take the dog to a veterinarian for treatment of injuries it sustained a day earlier. 

Yeo asked for an adjournment to settle his work assignments. He has indicated that he would plead guilty.

The case is fixed for mention in a community court on Oct 11.

If convicted of causing unnecessary pain or suffering to any animal, he could be fined up to $15,000 and/or jailed for up to 18 months on each charge.

The maximum punishment for abandoning an animal is a $10,000 fine and 12 months’ jail; and for keeping a dog without a licence, a $5,000 fine.