Senior citizen pleads not guilty to animal cruelty charge

The white bitch that Ng was charged with injuring by jabbing a bamboo pole into her eye was produced at the court in Butterworth on March 9, 2021. – CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

BUTTERWORTH: A 71-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of animal cruelty at the Sessions Court here.

Ng Ah Leak claimed trial to a charge of injuring a female dog in October last year.

The charge, read out in Mandarin, stated that Ng was accused of unreasonably injuring a white bitch in the eye using an eight-foot long bamboo pole, inflicting pain and suffering.

Ng allegedly committed the offence in a drain behind his house in Taman Tanjung Indah, Raja Uda in Seberang Prai, Butterworth at around 10.30pm on Oct 24.

He was charged under Section 29(1)(e) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015, which carries a fine of not less than RM20,000 or not more than RM100,000, a prison term of up to three years, or both, upon conviction.

Ng was represented by Lim Jin Hong while Deputy Public Prosecutor Roziman Awang Tahrin represented the Penang Department of Veterinary Services (DVS).

Judge Noor Aini Yusof set April 13 for case mention pending submission of documents.

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