GEORGE TOWN: A retired teacher has claimed trial to unreasonably causing pain and suffering to a cat.
Cosmos Chong Say Hun, 79, pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to him in Mandarin by a court interpreter before Judge Mazdi Abdul Hamid at the Sessions Court here on Thursday (March 18).
Chong was charged with throwing a 1m-long sharp metal rod at the female cat, described as white with black spots, in the compound of a house in Lengkok Tembaga, Island Park here at about 6.40pm on Nov 15.
He was charged under Section 29(1)(a) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015 (Act 772) covering cruelty to animals which provides a fine of between RM20,000 and RM100,000, or a jail term of up to three years, or both upon conviction.
Ng was represented by Simon Murali while Veterinary Services Department prosecuting officer Roziman Awang Tahrin prosecuted.
The cat, now named Baby, was brought to court as evidence.
The cat is said to have been paralysed owing to Chong's alleged act.
Mazdi set April 19 for mention of the case.