SEREMBAN: A 35-year-old man allegedly caught on camera hitting a dog mercilessly with a stick will be charged at the Port Dickson Magistrate's Court here on Wednesday (Feb 12).
Port Dickson OCPD Supt Aidi Sham Mohamed said the man from Lukut in Port Dickson would be charged under section 428 of the Penal Code for killing or maiming an animal.
Offenders can be jailed up to three years or fined, or both.
"We sent the investigation papers to the deputy public prosecutor this morning (Feb 11), and we have received instructions to charge him," he said when contacted.
Police had obtained a two-day remand order against the man on Monday (Feb 10).
He was arrested at his house around 10pm on Sunday (Feb 9), following a report lodged by the dog owner on Saturday (Feb 8).
In his report, the 23-year-old owner claimed that a group of men had caused a ruckus and hit the dog at his house.
The animal was tied with a chain in the house compound when it was allegedly attacked by the suspect.
A five-second video clip of the alleged incident has since gone viral.
Police had also seized a broken piece of wood from the suspect that was allegedly used to hit the animal.
Preliminary police probe showed that the man did not have a criminal record.
Furrykids Safehaven, a shelter for strays here, in a Facebook posting said two dogs were attacked in the incident.
It claimed that the suspect began hitting the dogs even before the incident was recorded.
The female dog suffered injuries to its face and eyes, while a male dog also sustained injuries near its ear.