Man charged with keeping pet dog without a licence and killing it

Chong Choom Kiat is accused of ill-treating a Maltese and strangling it with a cloth and dog leash.
Chong Choom Kiat is accused of ill-treating a Maltese and strangling it with a cloth and dog leash.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - An odd-job worker who allegedly killed his pet dog by strangling and stabbing it was charged in court on Wednesday (Feb 15) with animal cruelty.

Chong Choom Kiat, 39, is accused of ill-treating the female maltese named Sweet Sweet by strangling it with a cloth and a dog leash. He also used a knife to stab the dog at his flat in Hougang Avenue 8 between 4pm and 5pm on Oct 30, 2016.

Chong faces a second charge of keeping the dog of more than three months old without a valid Agri-Food and Veterinary dog licence on or before Oct 30, 2016.

He asked for an adjournment, and said he wished to seek legal help from the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme.

If convicted of animal cruelty, he could be fined up to $15,000 and/or jailed for up to 18 months.

The maximum punishment for the other offence is a fine of $5,000.

The case will be mentioned on March 1.