KUALA LUMPUR: The Ampang Sessions Court here has fined a labourer RM23,000 for beating a dog with a wooden stick and injuring the animal.
Judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob meted out the fine yesterday on Yong Kay Sang, 62, who pleaded guilty to the charge.
The senior citizen was charged with committing the cruel act on a pet belonging to Yee Chan Fai, 35, at a house on Taman Saga here at 9am on May 24 this year.
The charge, framed under Section 29 (1) (a) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015 and punishable under Section 29 (1) of the same law, provides a fine of up to RM100,000 or imprisonment for up to three years or both, upon conviction.
Yong paid the fine.
According to the facts of the case, the dog had attacked Yong, who then chased after the animal and hit it with a stick.
Meanwhile, dog owner Yee was charged with failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the needs of his pet, which led to the animal being injured.
He pleaded not guilty and the court set Jan 19 for mention.