KOTA KINABALU: A villager who killed his pet dog for a meal was slapped with a RM10,000 fine or four months’ jail in default by the Sessions Court here.
Martin Fredoline Dunong @Martine pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty where he clubbed his pet dog to its death at a house in Kg Dumbai, Penampang near here between 4pm and 6pm on Sept 29,2019.
He was charged under the Section 18(1)(e) of the Animal Welfare Enactment 2015 which carries a maximum fine of RM100,000 or a jail term of three years of both.
After sentencing on Friday (April 16), Sessions Court Judge Elsie Primus told the 46-year-old father of two that his act against his pet was cruel.
However, she said that she had only imposed a fine as he is a first-time offender.
She went on to advise him to take good care of his pets and not kill them for their meat.
Dunong was investigated by the Sabah Veterinary Services Department after a 10-second video clip of him killing the dog went viral following a police report that was lodged on Oct 29.
The court was told that during investigations, it was found that Dunong had asked two friends to tie up his dog by the neck. The canine was subsequently clubbed to death with a piece of wood.
The Veterinary Department prosecuting officer Dr Zul Bahar Abdul Rahid pressed for an appropriate sentence in view of the seriousness of the case but also informed the court that Dunong had given full cooperation during the investigations.
The jobless Dunong, who was not represented, asked for leniency as he had to look after his two children.
It could not be ascertained if he was able to pay the fine.