SINGAPORE - Kickboxer Terrence Teo displayed his softer side this week when he took a stray dog to the vet.
On Wednesday night, he was on his way to a religious event when he saw a black dog limping along Block 5, Defu Lane.
The 26-year-old then took the dog to a vet at Block 37, where a scan revealed that the animal was suspected to be suffering from bone cancer.
Teo is planning to take the dog, a mongrel, to visit a surgeon in the coming week, before he flies to Melbourne on Friday to compete at the Arnold Classic Australia.
Teo, a self-professed dog lover who owns a Jack Russell, said: "The dog was extremely skinny to the bones. I don't want to see the dog suffering like that."
He is now raising funds to cover the treatment cost for the dog. He has already forked out more than $300 following two vet visits.
So far, through Facebook posts, he has raised about $200 and he hopes to raise $3,500 for the upcoming visits to the surgeon.
He also intends to dig into his pockets to find a shelter for the dog.
Teo said: "It's a stressful and uneasy time for me, because I don't know the diagnosis of what's wrong with the dog yet.
"I've got a fight coming up too so I've got to manage my time well.
"It's saving a life, I'll do everything I can to save it."
Those who are interested to donate can contact Terrence directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.