BUTTERWORTH: A septuagenarian appeared calm in the Sessions Court as he was directed to answer to a charge of animal cruelty.
Ng Ah Leak, 75, walked towards the dock before the charge was read to him in Mandarin before judge Noor Aini Yusof here.
According to the charge sheet, Ng is alleged to have unreasonably poked a white female dog in the eye with an eight-foot bamboo stick, injuring the dog, inflicting pain and suffering at about 10.30pm on Oct 24 last year at a drain behind his house in Taman Tanjung Indah, Raja Uda in Seberang Prai.
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 pleaded not guilty to the charge.
He was represented by lawyer Lim Jin Hong, while state Veterinary Services Department enforcement head Roziman Awang Tahrin appeared as the prosecuting officer.
Noor Aini set April 13 for case mention pending submission of documents.
Earlier, the dog was brought to court as evidence.