Man found guilty of abusing pet husky, fined $8,000

Chiam Choon San Alan (41) was fined $8,000 on Monday (23 Jan) for abusing his pet husky.
Chiam was fined after he was found guilty for one count of animal cruelty and one count of non-compliance with dog licensing and control rules.
On May 23, Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) was alerted to the case of the man punching and kicking his husky at the back of his home.
Videos posted by Facebook User, Maimunah Mohad, showed Chiam slapping and kicking the husky. He was reproached online after the two video clips of him mistreating the husky went viral. Chiam posted an apology on his Facebook that afternoon.
On 23 November, AVA stated that Chiam Choon San Alan was charged and the case will be opened again in court on 28 December; Chiam had said he is going to plead guilty and wanted to engage a lawyer to help mitigate his sentence.
AVA said, “While we investigated the case, the dog was surrendered to AVA and sent to a vet clinic for medical examination. The veterinary report found that the dog suffered no external wounds or injuries, apart from an abrasion that could not be conclusively established as a result of acts of cruelty by the man.”
Chiam could be fined of up to $15,000 and up to 18 months’ jail for committing animal cruelty, and for keeping more than three dogs in a place that is not a dog farm without AVA permission, which is a non-compliance with dog licensing and control rules, he could be fined of up to $5,000.
The dog is now under the care of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). AVA said it will coordinate with SPCA to rehouse the husky.

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