KUANTAN: A man who pleaded guilty to kicking and beating a dog has been sent for a medical check-up at Hospital Permai in Johor by the magistrate’s court.
Noting that the man was undergoing medical treatment for a mental ailment, magistrate Nurunaim Abdullah decided to have him examined at the hospital.
“The court has to have a full medical report on the accused before it can determine whether to continue with the case,” she said, fixing Nov 14 for mention.
The 47-year-old father of four had earlier pleaded guilty to committing the offence at 9am on Oct 10 in the compound of Syarikat Perkhidmatan Hung Thai Crane, Jalan Semambu-Jabor here.
A video clip of his act went viral last week.
The man was charged under Section 29(1)(a) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015, which sees a fine of up to RM100,000 or three years’ jail or both upon conviction.
In Kuching, a dog owner became the first person to be fined RM500 for bringing a dog out of a rabies-infected area here to Limbang without a permit from the state veterinary authorities.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the man was fined under Section 37(2) and (3) of the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance 1999 for transporting the dog by air to Lawas with a transit in Miri on Oct 8.
“Following information from the Malaysia Airlines agent in Lawas and the public, officers from the Lawas Veterinary Services Department arrested the man after he was found to have no permit,” said Uggah, who is also the state Disaster Management Committee chairman, in a statement.
Yesterday, three new areas – the Miri Airport and Shin Yang Plywood Sdn Bhd, Kuala Baram in Miri and the Dalat District Health Office in Mukah – were declared rabies-infected areas, he added. — Bernama
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