Taxi driver jailed 8 weeks for animal cruelty

On Wednesday (Oct 4), 59-year-old Ow Ah Lon was jailed for eight weeks after he admitted to causing the white and grey cat to suffer serious head injury resulting in its death.
On Wednesday (Oct 4), 59-year-old Ow Ah Lon was jailed for eight weeks after he admitted to causing the white and grey cat to suffer serious head injury resulting in its death.PHOTO: AVA

SINGAPORE - Upset that a domestic shorthair cat had entered his flat on three occasions, a taxi driver caught it after a chase.

He then slammed it onto the floor and threw the injured cat into his flat's rubbish chute.

On Wednesday (Oct 4), 59-year-old Ow Ah Lon was jailed for eight weeks after he admitted to causing the white and grey cat to suffer serious head injury resulting in its death.

Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority prosecutor Yap Teck Chuan said that Ow had found traces of a cat's paw print in the kitchen toilet of his flat in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 on March 12, 2017.

But he could not find the cat.

The next day when he returned home from work at about 9am, he found cat's faeces and urine on his mattress. Ow was furious.

On March 14, he returned home and heard a cat meowing. He spotted it running out from the television console in the living room before it hid below a metal rack in the kitchen.

After Ow caught hold of the cat, it struggled and scratched him. Ow then threw the cat onto the floor before it ran into the toilet in the kitchen and hid beside the toilet bowl.

As the cat tried to run out of the toilet, Ow caught its hind legs.

"However, the cat turned around and bit the accused's right hand. Out of fear, the accused then threw the cat onto the floor again," said Mr Yap.

Ow then picked up the cat and threw it into the rubbish chute, and left home to buy medication for his injuries.

On his way home, he stopped by a neighbour's flat and told her that he had earlier "beaten" the cat until it "fainted". He also told her that he had thrown the cat into the rubbish chute.

An autopsy report stated that the cat suffered an external traumatic incident resulting in head injuries which resulted in its death.

Pleading for leniency, Ow, who is divorced, said he has financial difficulties.

District Judge Kan Shuk Weng told Ow that even if the cat soiled his bed sheet, there was no reason for him to react that way.

Ow could have been fined up to $15,000 and/or jailed for up to 18 months.