SINGAPORE — In an attempt to revive a collapsed dog, its owner banged the dog’s head against a bathtub and placed it in ice water.
The male poodle died despite the man’s efforts.
On Wednesday (21 August), Yeo Wee Soon, 48, admitted in the State Courts to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to the poodle named To-Bi, and causing its death. A charge of keeping a dog without a license was taken into consideration.
Yeo bought To-Bi online early last year. On 6 February last year, Yeo’s mother was unhappy that To-Bi was covered in faeces. While washing To-Bi, Yeo “tapped” the dog twice to discipline it.
When the poodle bit Yeo’s finger, Yeo “tapped” the dog harder a third time and it collapsed thereafter, according to the prosecution.
Yeo attempted to revive the dog. He hit To-Bi’s head against the bathtub twice, and placed it in ice water while showering it in cold water.
After To-Bi became motionless, Yeo placed its body in a pail and dropped it into the river along Delta Avenue. To-Bi died as a result.
Yeo’s parents heard To-Bi wailing and saw him bringing the pail out of the house and returning without it. After they could not find To-Bi, they suspected something was amiss and reported the matter to the police. The then-Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore was notified the next day.
NParks prosecutor Packer Mohammad sought two weeks’ jail while Yeo’s lawyer Violet Netto called for a Mandatory Treatment Order (MTO) for her client. An MTO is a community-based sentencing option for offenders who have mental conditions which are deemed to have contributed to their offences. Those eligible for MTOs will undergo psychiatric treatment instead of serving jail time.
Netto said that her client was very regretful for his actions and had never been cruel to other pets.
“Because of (his) mental condition, he might have inadvertently caused … unnecessary suffering to the dog,” said the lawyer, adding that Yeo’s actions did not warrant a jail sentence. Yeo’s psychiatric condition was not revealed in court.
District Judge Eddy Tham called for a community service order report and a mandatory treatment order suitability report. Yeo is expected to be sentenced on 17 September.
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