Singapore businessman charged with cruelty to animal

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PETALING JAYA: A Singapore businessman was charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today with cruelty to an animal.

Yee Kok Chew, 57, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge after it was read out before Magistrate Mohd Azali Ibrahim.

He was charged with ill-treating a mongrel dog by hitting it and causing the animal to suffer pain at a guard house at Taman Melody, Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, here at 8.49pm on April 2 this year.

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The charge, under Section 44 (1)(a) of the Animal Act 1953, provides a fine of up to RM50,000, or imprisonment for up to a year, or both, if found guilty.

Yee was allowed bail of RM3,000 in one Malaysian surety and the court also set Sept 4 for mention of the case.

Deputy public prosecutor Shafiq Hasim prosecuted while Yee was represented by counsel Joshua Andran.

Last April, a video recording showing an image of a man hitting a dog at a guard house of a housing area at Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, went viral on the social media.

The dog is now placed at the Petaling Jaya Veterinary Office.