KUALA LUMPUR: A contractor pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to allegedly beating his pet dog with a spade and causing suffering to the animal.
Tan Hsu Maw, 46, was charged yesterday before judge Manira Mohd Nor with cruelty for allegedly beating a Rottweiler with a spade at Taman Taynton View in Cheras here at 9.30pm on Nov 18 last year.
The charge under Section 29(1)(a) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015, which is punishable also under Section 29(1) of the same act, provides for a fine of between RM20,000 and RM100,000 or up to three years’ jail or both upon conviction.
Manira set bail at RM6,000 in one surety and ordered Tan to surrender his passport to the court.
The prosecuting officer of the Federal Territory Veterinary Services Department, Hasiah Musa, proposed bail of RM10,000 in two sureties.
However, Tan’s counsel Muhammad Torik Abd Manaf asked for a reduced sum, saying that his client was taking care of his two children and his elderly parents.
The court fixed April 3 for the mention of the case. — Bernama