ALOR SETAR: Two men who were alleged to have killed a stray dog with a bow and arrow last week have been remanded for three days.
The suspects – a char koay teow seller and a yong tau foo seller – were brought to court at 10.50am yesterday.
The state Veterinary Services Department enforcement division investigation officer Mohd Azoni Bidin and several other officers were present during the proceedings.They requested a remand order under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code to assist in investigations.
The Magistrate’s Court assistant registrar Noor Liyana Abd Rahim issued the remand order until tomorrow.
On Sunday, Kota Setar OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Shukri Mat Akhir said the suspects, in their 20s and 30s, were arrested separately at 4pm and 5pm at a house in Darulaman Height in Jitra and by the roadside of Jalan Kg Hilir Kepala Batas.He said the older suspect was from Seberang Terus low-cost flats while the other was from Taman Pinang Jaya, Bukit Pinang.
Police also seized two bows, a black arrow storage tube and 21 arrows from the house.
Both men have no previous record and tested negative for drugs.Earlier, police received a report from a complainant who had viewed the uploaded CCTV footage of the incident on a Facebook account.
The recording, taken from one of the shops, which went viral on social media and caused a public outcry, showed a man shooting the dog with a bow and arrow and killing it between 4.21am and 5.26am in Lorong 3, off Jalan Putra on March 11.
The case was being investigated under Section 29 (1) (e) of the Animal Welfare Act, which carries a fine of between RM20,000 and RM100,000 or three years’ jail, or both, for animal cruelty.