A video of a rescue effort of a distressed cat bounded by cable ties have been circulating online, with many netizens condemned the actions of the perpetrator and thanked for helping the cat.
The video was posted by Ms Salbiah Ishak on her Facebook account and went viral with more than 7,000 shares and more than 1,700 comments posted on the post.
Ms Salbiah wrote that the incident took place at Jurong West Blossom on Thursday (23 November).
“A neighborhood cat was spotted with two cable ties (one on the front leg and one on the back) tied tightly. As you can see from the video, he was screaming in distress,” she wrote.
Ms Shabila then wrote that she along with her friend, Rashal Savage, were on the way home when we heard him.
She told The Straits Times that they thought it was cats mating at first, however, it sounded a bit different from the regular mating sound, so they investigated and found the cat around the corner of the block where she lives.
She said that the cat was tied tightly with cables on its right front leg and right back leg.
“Lucky to have been curious enough to investigate where the noise was coming from. I ran up to take two pairs of scissors. As Rashal was calming him down, a male passerby helped to ease the situation,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
She then added that with his help, they managed to set the cat free after assessing his well-being, adding that the cat ran off after being freed.
She then asked netizens to share the post to create awareness and teach others not to harm the neighborhood animals.
“And hopefully we can work together to catch the culprits of animal abuse,” she ended.
Ms Salbiah moved into the new Jurong West Blossom estate more than a year ago.
She said that she said that she has frequently seen the cat in the area for about eight months and stated that it was friendly with humans.
She and her friend decided not to file a police report nor a report to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).
However, Cat Welfare Society executive director Laura Ann Meranda told ST that CWS is looking into the matter and has informed AVA about it.
She said, “Our community cats depend on the vigilance of the people around them to save them from danger. We thank these residents for their quick action and reporting to authorities. We hope investigations will bring these vulnerable cats justice.”