UPDATED (3:30pm 2 January 2013 to add minister's statements)
Two kittens were found dismembered outside a Chong Pang flat last Sunday in a gruesome case of animal abuse.
Noting that how a society is judged can be seen from the way animals are treated, Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam urged residents to come forward and help identify those responsible for the act.
The police are on the case, he said in his Facebook post Wednesday.
The Cat Welfare Society (CWS) posted pictures on its Facebook page of two kittens who were chopped up and left outside their owner’s flat.
While it’s not clear who dismembered the kittens, CWS said the owner of the cats had “chronically abandoned and let her pet cats roam” around Yishun.
It added the owner had been “red-flagged” previously for abandoning the cats, though there was “never enough evidence to tie the abandonment” to the household. Caregivers had been working with the CWS to provide sterilisation and re-home the kittens.
The CWS describes the gruesome case as “obviously a message to the cat owner sent by the abuser”.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (SPCA), Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and the police have been notified.
A police spokeman told Yahoo! that they received a call on 30th December at about 10.30pm requesting for assistance at a unit at 115b Yishun Ring road.
Upon their arrival, the carcasses of two cats were found at the said location. Investigations are underway.
The case has sparked the fury of netizens.
CWS' Facebook post on Monday has attracted over 700 comments to date, most of them condemning the brutal act.
Facebook user Lina Lee wrote, "No animals should be treated this way. It's pure brutality and blood sick."
Another user Kim Chua urged for stiffer punishment for animal abusers.
"I urge our government to strongly impose heavier sentences on animal abusers. Few months of imprisonment and fines won't work on sicko [sick] people," he wrote.
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