PETALING JAYA: The Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has expressed its deep concern over a recent incident where a two-week old kitten was found mutilated into half in Sekinchan.
SPCA urged the kitten’s owner, Mohammad Rosmawar, to lodge a report to the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), as those guilty of the crime can be fined between RM25,000 to RM100,000 and/or three years imprisonment.
“We also urge the DVS to prosecute the abuser to the full extent of the law. This heinous act is unacceptable and inhumane,” said SPCA in a statement on Sunday.
The incident was highlighted in a Facebook posting by Daily Traffic Report on Oct 19, which quoted Mohammad as being shocked upon discovering the carcass of the kitten on the morning of Oct 16.
Mohammad did not dismiss the possibility that the kitten was killed elsewhere and the mutilated body parts scattered in front of his door.
“It saddens me to see the body of my kitten. We are very fond of the kitten for its blue eyes,” he was quoted as saying.
According to Mohammad, he had lived in the area for a year and had never been enemies with the neighbours.
He added that the kitten had gone missing for two days but was found on top of a fire ant nest located near his home.
“I’ve cleaned up my kitten’s body which was badly bitten by fire ants. I never thought that my kitten could be mutilated in this manner,” he said.
SPCA said that Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, who is Royal Patron of Stray Free Selangor - The Humane and Compassionate Way, "is deeply disturbed by the incident," and had urged DVS to take immediate action.
Meanwhile, Selangor SPCA chairman Christine Chin said no one must turn their back on those that cannot speak for themselves.
“Our voice and action must be strong and assertive in order to make changes for the betterment of animal welfare in Malaysia. A brutal action comes from a brutal mind. Perpetrators of animal abuse rarely stop at killing animals, they continue to be violent in society,” Chin said.