Saturday, 30 January 2016

Cat Killers On The Loose

Update 9 Feb 2017: 2 alleged cases of heinous cruelty to cats pop up in Yishun in less than several hours

Yishun never fails to horrify, and today is no different. Harking back to the days when rampant cruelty to stray cats transpired across Siao Lang Town, two new cases (in less than a couple of hours) have popped up to distress feline lovers everywhere.

Facebook user Fadillah AR alerted the Singapore Community Cats page about her cousin coming across a dead cat that was left behind on a road divider near Yishun MRT station. According to said cousin, the poor kitty was found with a slit throat — and the image uploaded showed that its neck seemed to have been tied up as well (though we can’t verify it). The Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) are on the case, Fadillah says.

In what seems to be another alleged case of deliberate animal cruelty, a different cat was found dead behind Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. This time, its stomach was found slit open, according to the Yishun 326 Tabby cat Facebook page. Images uploaded showed that the cat’s skin was also flayed off at its jaw. Bottom line is — the cat’s body looks fucked up, so scroll down quickly if you don’t want to look at it.

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Awful animal abuse: White feline discovered on the streets ‘gift wrapped’ in masking tape

Last Wednesday (Feb 1), cat interest group Yishun 326 Tabby Cat brought a white feline to the public’s attention. She was spotted prowling around in Ubi (you were expecting Yishun, weren’t you?), but what was different awful about her case was the tight wrapping of masking tape all over her body.

Photos of Jon Snow (yes, she was named after the Game of Thrones character) have been circulating on Facebook, as the group initially speculated that the cat was an unintentional victim of a glue trap, a controversial method designed to capture small animals like rodents. If true, that would be the better scenario, as the other possibility would be an especially evil case of animal abuse (i.e., someone physically taped the helpless cat to its current sorry state).

The following day saw little Jon transferred over to Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group to remove the tape. An update from the cat interest group highlighted how jumpy she was when the vet attempted to touch her back, forcing a decision to sedate the poor, stressed creature before they removed the tape and gave her a shave.

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Cat Killers: Singapore’s love-hate relationship with stray felines
Bella and her cats in Tiong Bahru. Photo: Robin Hicks

“My nephews and nieces think I’m crazy,” says Bella, who has fed stray cats in the same spot in Tiong Bahru since before Singapore was a country. She believes that cats have their own language, just like people. It’s just that most humans don’t understand it.

After more than 60 years of feeding and caring for cats every day, Bella can read every miaow, hiss, twitch of an ear, swish of the tail or flash of the eyes better than any vet or animal psychologist could.

“Some of them – the miaow miaow miaow calls – I understand. When the mother is calling her kittens, I know what she’s saying. The vet would not know, but I know,” she says, while petting an extremely well-fed tortoiseshell curling around her legs.

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Latest case of cat abuse? Feline found with rod stuck in its testicles in Outram

A resident at Block 4 Jalan Minyak in Outram found a cat with a rod stuck in its testicles on Jul 24.

The resident reported this latest incident of cat abuse to the Cat Welfare Society (CWS).

According to a Facebook post, the society has dispatched volunteers to look for the cat, but have been unsuccessful.

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AVA says it is investigating two more cat deaths in Yishun
The 2 dead cats found in Yishun on Monday morning (Jul 25). Photo: Yishun 326 tabby cat/Facebook

2 more dead cats were found in Yishun on Monday morning (Jul 25), adding to the spate of feline-related cases in the area in recent months.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) are investigating the latest deaths, adding that it will be conducting post-mortem on the carcasses.

But it reiterated that not all animal deaths are linked to animal cruelty, noting that out of the 47 reports of cat deaths from injuries in Yishun since last September, only 3 have been found to be likely caused by abuse.

related:
Cruelty not cause of all cases of cat deaths in Yishun, authorities say
Yishun cat deaths: Patrols continue after 2 suspects arrested

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AVA investigating new cat deaths in Yishun

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is investigating 2 new cases of cat deaths in Yishun.

According to animal rescue group Yishun 326 Tabby Cat, the 2 cats were found dead in Yishun on Monday (Jul 25). In a Facebook post, the group said the carcasses of the cats were found at Block 115C Yishun Ring Road and Block 170 Yishun Ave 7.

"As part of the investigation, we are conducting a post mortem of the carcasses," an AVA spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia.

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Yishun man gets probation for throwing, killing cat

A mentally disabled man who threw a cat to its death from the 13th storey of a Yishun HDB block was sentenced to 18 months' probation yesterday.

Lee Wai Leong, 41, had pleaded guilty to one count of animal abuse last month.

Court papers said that Lee, who is diagnosed with moderate intellectual disability, was annoyed with a stray adult male mackerel tabby domestic shorthair as he found it noisy and had entered his home before.

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Yishun man pleads guilty to hurling cat from 13th storey

He was annoyed with the stray.

So he killed the cat by throwing it from the 13th storey of his Yishun Ring Road Housing Board block.

Yesterday, Lee Wai Leong, 41, who has been diagnosed with moderate intellectual disability, pleaded guilty to one count of animal abuse.

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26 reported cat deaths in Yishun, not all linked to abuse: AVA

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has received a total of 26 reported cat deaths in Yishun since September last year, but not all are linked to animal cruelty, it said at a press briefing Friday.

Based on eyewitness and owners' accounts, three were due to road traffic accidents, three died from falls from height, and one of natural causes.

Two cat deaths were probably because of abuse, and the remaining 17 are still open cases requiring more evidence before AVA can conclude they are linked to animal cruelty, it said.

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ANOTHER DEAD CAT FOUND IN YISHUN BLK 162

Another dead cat has been found in Yishun yesterday at 4:30pm. The cat was found lying on a grass patch at Yishun St 11, Blk 162. It is the 3rd cat found dead this month.

This comes after 2 men have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the abuse and killing of cats in the Yishun area. Witnesses or anyone with information about this recent cat killing should report it to the police immediately.

Since MP Shanmugam and Louis Ng are both animal lovers and advocates of animal well-being, why are they not doing anything more to stop the spade of cat killings in their ward? Do you think they are just all talk and no action only

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Two dead cats found at Jurong West and Bishan

The carcasses of two dead cats have been found at Jurong West and Bishan over the last three days, one at Jurong West and the other in Bishan.

According to citizen journalism website, Stomp, a cat was found dead at the void deck of Block 830A, Jurong West Street 81, on Jan 29.

The report cited Stomp contributor Sha, who said that the cat was "probably thrown" down.

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Cat dies after getting thrown down the block -- this time in Jurong

In yet another shocking case of alleged animal abuse, a cat has been found dead at the foot of the block in Block 830A Jurong West Street 81.

Stomper Sha was saddened to come across the bloodied carcass at her void deck today (Jan 29) at 8am.

Sha recounted: "Saw its lifeless body at the foot of the block. It was probably thrown off by a sicko.


Second man arrested over cat abuse in Yishun

A 51-year-old man was arrested yesterday for his suspected involvement in a case of cat abuse in Yishun. He is the second man to be arrested following a spate of 20 cat deaths in the neighborhood since September last year.

In a statement released yesterday, the police and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said police were alerted to a cat carcass found next to Block 116, Yishun Ring Road at 5.55pm last Friday. The suspect was arrested yesterday morning at about 2am, along Yishun Ring Road.

The man is from the household which owned the dead cat, and is assisting the authorities with their investigations. "Investigations are also ongoing to establish if the man is involved in other Yishun cat death cases," it said.

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51-year-old man arrested after household cat found dead in Yishun

A 51-year-old man was arrested on Saturday (Jan 23) for his alleged involvement in a case of cat abuse, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF).

In a joint news release with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), SPF said it received a report of a cat carcass - the third one found in the neighborhood this week alone - on the grass verge next to Block 116 Yishun Ring Road at about 6pm on Friday.

Officers from both SPF's Ang Mo Kio Division and AVA carried out investigations and established the suspect's identity, eventually arresting him at about 2am along Yishun Ring Road.

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40-year-old man charged with throwing cat down 13 floors in Yishun


A 40-year-old man was charged with animal cruelty on Tuesday morning (Dec29) for allegedly throwing a cat from the 13th floor of an HDB block in Yishun.

Lee Wai Leong, who did not enter a plea to his single charge, is the first person to be hauled to court under the new Animals and Birds Act, which was amended last year to toughen penalties against those convicted of animal cruelty.

He allegedly threw an adult Mackerel Tabby domestic shorthair cat over the parapet of the 13th floor of Block 115B Yishun Ring Road at about 10.30am on Oct 30. The cat died.

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Yishun cat abuse cases: 40-year-old man arrested

A 40-year-old man was arrested on Sunday (Dec 27) for suspected involvement in a series of cat abuse cases in Yishun.

In a joint news release on Monday, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and police said they received several reports of cats found injured or dead in the Yishun neighborhood between September and December this year. At least 19 cats have been found dead or injured since September.

Police officers from the Ang Mo Kio Division assisted AVA in their investigations and established the suspect's identity. He was arrested by the police along Yishun Ring Road on Sunday.

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Yishun cat abuse suspect will stay in remand at IMH for another week

A suspected cat abuser will stay at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) to be assessed for a further week, and is likely to request for bail, his lawyer said on Tuesday (Jan 12).

Lee Wai Leong, 40, was placed in remand on Dec 29, 2015, after he was accused of throwing a male cat from the 13th floor of Block 115B, Yishun Ring Road, on Oct 30.

The cat died following the fall from height

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Yishun cat deaths: More volunteers needed to patrol neighborhood

Following a recent spate of cat deaths in the neighborhood, animal welfare activist Louis Ng, Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, said a grassroots fast response team will be beefed up to gather evidence and conduct patrols in Yishun.

The team currently consists of about 20 to 30 cat feeders and concerned residents. More volunteers are being added to conduct more patrols, gather evidence on abuse, and alert residents when suspected abuse is taking place, he said.

"What they are doing is very essential," Mr Ng said on Tuesday (Dec 15). "We need people on the ground that can witness and see (what is happening)."

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Cat deaths continue in Yishun

Yet another dead cat has been found in Yishun, the second this week and the latest in a spate of deaths that started in September.

In a Facebook post on Friday (Jan 22), volunteer group Yishun 326 Tabby Cat wrote that a dead cat was found on the walkway next to the petrol kiosk near Block 732 at Yishun Avenue 5.

The group is looking for information and for witnesses to come forward.

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Another cat found dead in Yishun, 20th cat death in the estate since September

A dead cat was found on a walkway next to a petrol kiosk near Block 732, Yishun Avenue 5, on Thursday (Jan 21) night.

Cat interest group Yishun 326 Tabby cat posted photos of the cat on Facebook, appealing for witnesses and information.

It is the 20th cat death reported in the estate since September last year. Another two cats were seriously injured.

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Another Cat Found Dead In Yishun; Is The Killer Still At Large?

On 27 Dec 2015, 40-year-old Lee Wai Leong was arrested for throwing a cat down a 13-storey building at Yishun Ring Road. However, shortly after his arrest, another cat was reported dead on 30 Dec.

One thing’s for sure: Lee is not the only killer.

Cats in Yishun are being injured in a few dreadful ways — strangulation, poisoning, head and back trauma — and most of them have succumbed to their fatal injuries.

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Cat found drowned at Yishun Pond

A dead cat was found floating in the Yishun Pond on Saturday morning (Dec 26), and appears to be the latest victim in a string of animal abuse cases in the neighborhood.

In a Facebook post, cat welfare group Yishun 326 Tabby cat said that the cat was found at 8am at the pond next to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, with some items floating near it.

The police was at the scene, the group added.

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Another cat found abused in Yishun

A "seriously injured cat" was picked up at Block 170 Yishun Avenue 7 recently and appears to be the latest victim in a string of animal abuse cases in the neighborhood.

The cat named Oli was found with both her legs fractured badly. "The blunt trauma had fragmented both legs," said a post on the Yishun 326 Tabby cat Facebook page. The cat had a difficult surgery to get internal and external plates and pins fixed into her limbs, the volunteer group said. And while the next 24 hours is crucial for her, the prognosis is "good" it said.

"We have verified with our vets that the substantial injuries sustained by Oli are consistent with the abuse cases during the last 3 months," the group added. A total of 18 cases of cat abuse have been reported in Yishun since September. Out of all these cases, only Oli and another cat survived.

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Another dead cat found in Yishun despite arrest of alleged abuser

Another dead cat has been found in Yishun, despite an alleged cat abuser being arrested earlier this week.

Cat interest group Yishun 326 Tabby Cat said that the cat was found at 3pm on Wednesday (Dec 30) at Block 734, Yishun Avenue 5.

"The cat has blood on the ears and mouth. The cat is a big sized female tabby about 7kg in weight," it said in a Facebook post.

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Another dead cat found in drain at Yishun

A dead cat was found in a drain at Yishun Ring Road, and could be the 20th instance of cat abuse in the area since last September.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (Jan 19), cat welfare group Yishun 326 Tabby cat wrote that the "bloodied" cat was found dead in the drain at Block 361 that very morning.

"We appeal urgently for information and for witnesses to come forward," the group said.

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Full Coverage:
Cruelty not cause of all cases of cat deaths in Yishun, authorities say
Cat killings: Two dead cats found at Jurong West and Bishan
Yishun cat deaths: Some cats did not die of abuse, say SPF, AVA
26 reported cat deaths in Yishun, not all linked to abuse: AVA
Yishun residents worried for strays after another cat found dead
Only two of 26 Yishun cat deaths linked to cruelty so far: AVA