KUALA LUMPUR: A 31-year-old man has been detained over the discovery of tens of cat skeletons, organs and carcasses in a condominium unit in Bandar Sri Permaisuri, Cheras, here.
Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Zam Halim Jamaluddin said the suspect was arrested on Saturday.
“He has been remanded until Tuesday.
“We are investigating the case under Section 428 of the Penal Code for mischief by killing or maiming animals,” he said when contacted yesterday.
ACP Zam Halim added that police received a report on the incident on March 13.
“We urge those with information to come forward to assist in our investigation,” he said.
Last Friday, the Malaysia Animal Association (MAA) said in a post on its Facebook page that a homeowner had made a gruesome discovery of skeletal cat remains, organs and carcasses in a condo unit rented by the suspect.
The incident came to light after condo residents complained about a foul stench coming from the unit.
MAA also urged the Veterinary Services Department to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
According to neighbours, the 31-year-old man believed to be involved in the case was described as an “animal lover”.
Bernama reported that a neighbour who lived on the same floor, Halijah Ahmad, said the man had kept cats as pets.
“He used to be chubby but over the past one or two months, he had lost weight and looked unkempt.
“When I asked him about his appearance, he told me that he was sick and needed to go to the hospital for treatment,” the 63-year-old added.