JOHOR BARU: The suspect who was seen in viral videos abusing dogs, including setting one on fire, could face a fine and jail time if convicted.
Johor Baru North acting OCPD Supt Fariz Ammar Abdullah said a police report regarding the incident was lodged at 2.59pm on Monday (March 27).
"Videos of the man abusing the dogs have gone viral and the incidents are believed to have taken place near a veterinary clinic in Taman Impian Emas in Skudai here," he said on Thursday (March 30).
Supt Fariz Ammar added that the animal abuse case is being investigated by the Veterinary Services Department under Section 29(1)(e) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015, which carries a fine of at least RM25,000 to RM100,000, or imprisonment of up to three years, or both, if found guilty.
Video clips of the man have been making rounds on social media where he is seen throwing items at some dogs that take shelter at a stairwell.
He is seen arriving at the location on multiple occasions and abusing the animals, and goes to the extent of setting one on fire.
His actions have angered netizens with many condemning him for hurting the animals.
The suspect is believed to be a 19-year-old man.