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Woman fined $5,000 for breeding cats without a pet farm licence

69-year-old woman was fined $5,000 by the Court today for using her residence to breed cats for sale without a pet farm licence.

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) received feedback on the welfare of cats kept at Lo Piang Yong's residence in June 2018.

When AVA's officers conducted an inspection, they found a total of 70 cats kept in separate cages. Fortunately, no welfare concerns for the cats found during investigations. However, the authority found that Lo had been using her residence to breed cats for commercial sale, without a pet farm licence.

Farm licence is required for breeding cats for sale. Anyone found guilty of operating an unlicensed pet farm can be fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed up 12 months.

AVA stated that safeguarding animal welfare is a shared responsibility that needs the cooperation of all stakeholders, including the public. Members of the public can play part by being vigilant. The public should promptly report cases of illegal pet breeding to AVA via its24-hour hotline, 1800-476-1600 or via its website.

In the same day, a 50-year-old man was fined $16,000 and issued 12-month disqualification order for throwing a cat and a kitten out of a HDB unit window at Boon Lay Drive in July 2017.

Earlier this month, a stirring incident of animal cruelty took place at Galistan Avenue in Bukit Panjang, where at least 3 dogs were found cremated. 18 dogs and 1 pet rabbit were found ill treated inside the facility and at least 2 dogs went missing.

The Platinium Dogs Club has been under investigation by the authorities following complaints of alleged mistreatment of animals under its care.